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Alex Dimitrov’s third book, Love and Other Poems, is full of praise for the world we live in. Taking time, and specifically the months of the year as an overarching structure, Dimitrov elevates the every day and speaks directly to the reader as if the poem were a phone call or a text message. From the personal to the cosmos, the moon to New York City, NASA’s golden record Alex Dimitrov’s third book, Love and Other Poems, is full of praise for the world we live in. Taking time, and specifically the months of the year as an overarching structure, Dimitrov elevates the every day and speaks directly to the reader as if the poem were a phone call or a text message. From the personal to the cosmos, the moon to New York City, NASA’s golden record to the Ouija board, the speaker is convinced that love is “our best invention.” While he navigates darkness and fear, loneliness and guilt, Dimitrov doesn’t resist joy even in despair. There is a determined curiosity about who we are as people and a shameless interest in the idea of hope. These poems are obsessed with everything around us, even the terrible and fraught.


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Alex Dimitrov’s third book, Love and Other Poems, is full of praise for the world we live in. Taking time, and specifically the months of the year as an overarching structure, Dimitrov elevates the every day and speaks directly to the reader as if the poem were a phone call or a text message. From the personal to the cosmos, the moon to New York City, NASA’s golden record Alex Dimitrov’s third book, Love and Other Poems, is full of praise for the world we live in. Taking time, and specifically the months of the year as an overarching structure, Dimitrov elevates the every day and speaks directly to the reader as if the poem were a phone call or a text message. From the personal to the cosmos, the moon to New York City, NASA’s golden record to the Ouija board, the speaker is convinced that love is “our best invention.” While he navigates darkness and fear, loneliness and guilt, Dimitrov doesn’t resist joy even in despair. There is a determined curiosity about who we are as people and a shameless interest in the idea of hope. These poems are obsessed with everything around us, even the terrible and fraught.

32 review for Love and Other Poems

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shivani

    *3.5 The poetry in here is so unique to anything I've ever read, both in style and content. While reading I felt like each word, each sentence carried so much weight and despair. Each poem is so heavy and meaningful, maybe so philosophical that is goes over my head for a number of the poems. I've read some poems numerous times and then out loud to check if the words were coming out right and they actually made sense. The flow is just so different than other works, it's beautiful, yet hard to keep *3.5 The poetry in here is so unique to anything I've ever read, both in style and content. While reading I felt like each word, each sentence carried so much weight and despair. Each poem is so heavy and meaningful, maybe so philosophical that is goes over my head for a number of the poems. I've read some poems numerous times and then out loud to check if the words were coming out right and they actually made sense. The flow is just so different than other works, it's beautiful, yet hard to keep track of since it changes so frequently. I feel like this collection just embodied so much and so little at the same time. In a way it was a love letter to New York, in other ways I felt like the author was talking about his grief and just feelings. I think that's important to see in poetry sometimes because in grief, sometimes you just have to feel it instead of fixing it. The poem about crying resonated with me because I do am a pretty emotional person and find crying to be therapeutic. Two poems stood out to me the most: Love and Pale Blue Dot.  Love: If this poem was all that existed in this collection, I would not be upset about it one bit. I loved this poem with all my heart. I loved that it was a list of things, moments, places, and experiences to love. I loved that some of those things were literal, physical things, while some things were more philosophical or hypothetical.  Pale Blue Dot: This poem also gave me everything I wanted. It's almost as if Dimitrov's words form a bridge between the heaviness of his words and meanings and the simplicity of daily tasks that many do. It's kind of fascinating. I appreciate the rawness of his work the most.  Overall, I loved some parts of this collection, and the style as well at times, but it was a little difficult to get into since the flow was jagged (probably to emphasize the rawness). It just left me as a reader a little confused at times at what was being said. Besides that, I would still recommend checking this collection out because there's so much good substance. 

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