Together and By Ourselves

By | February 20, 2018
Together and By Ourselves Author Alex Dimitrov
ISBN-10 1556595107
ISBN-13 9781556595103
Year 2017-04-04
Pages 96
Language English
Publisher Copper Canyon Press
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Dimitrov is a vital new energy in American poetry Los Angeles Review of BooksTruth telling raw fierce with feeling Brenda Shaughnessy Dimitrov can sound at once hip and naive devoted to the sincerities that other sorts of poets reject or obscure Publishers WeeklyTogether and by Ourselves Alex Dimitrovs second book of poems takes on broad existential questions and the reality of our current moment being seemingly connected to one another yet emotionally alone Through a collage aesthetic and a multiplicity of voices these poems take us from coast to coast New York to LA and toward uneasy questions about intimacy love death and the human spirit Dimitrov critiques Americas long lasting obsessions with money celebrity and escapismwhether in our personal professional or family lives What defines a life Is love ever enough Who are we when together and who are we by ourselves These questions echo throughout the poems which resist easy answers The voice is both heartfelt and skeptical bruised yet playful and always deeply introspective from Water What is aging exactly There are new jobs and peopleand someone dies before noon every day I am swimming and swimmingin May or an ocean I dont see the reason But thats unimportant you said Just keep doing it over again until one day you cant Spring excites us and we know what it is every time The minutes in meetings are lifes most undistinguished thats obvious And whats obvious makes us all foolsthen fast friends Alex Dimitrov is the author of Together and by Ourselves Copper Canyon Press 2017 Begging for It Four Way Books 2013 and the online chapbook American Boys Floating Wolf Quarterly 2012 He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and a Pushcart Prize His poems have been published in Poetry The Yale Review Kenyon Review Slate Tin House Boston Review and the American Poetry Review He is the Senior Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets where he edits the popular online series Poem a Day and American Poets magazine He has taught creative writing at Rutgers University New Brunswick Marymount Manhattan College Bennington College and lives in New York City

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