Today's poem is "Darling"
from Begging for It

Four Way Books

Alex Dimitrov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is the recipient of the 2011 Stanley Kunitz Prize from The American Poetry Review, and his poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, Yale Review, Boston Review, Tin House, and Slate, among others. He is the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City, works at the Academy of American Poets, teaches creative writing at Rutgers University, and frequently writes for Poets & Writers magazine. Dimitrov is also the author of American Boys, an e-chapbook published by Floating Wolf Quarterly. He received his MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and his BA in English and Film Studies from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He lives in Manhattan.

Other poems by Alex Dimitrov in Verse Daily:

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Other poems on the web by Alex Dimitrov:
Three poems
"His Red Ribs, Glittering"
"Sunday Service"
Two poems
Two poems
"And Night Illuminated the Night"

Alex Dimitrov's Blog.

Alex Dimitrov According to Wikipedia.

Alex Dimitrov on Twitter.

About Begging for It:

"Alex Dimitrov's passionate, headlong poems seem to want to carve beneath the surface of gestures, beneath the skin, to the warm and dangerous blood beneath—until sex, and the poem itself, are ‘a nerve brightly turning in a closed room of the mind—.’...Begging for It is a fierce and memorable debut."
—Mark Doty

"Begging for It ... provides evidence not only that poetry has survived into the 21st century, but has mutated, as poetry must. It is poetry that could only have been written now...Dimitrov is that rarest of creatures, a true poet and a truly contemporary poet. Thank god he’s here."
—Michael Cunningham

"Alex Dimitrov is a new poetry star, and his debut book’s a heartbreaker...Dimitrov plays hard with the big boys (Barthes, Wilde, Fitzgerald, Father, Mother, Lover and Other) and he lobs fast and fervent, winning even though this game isn’t a game. It is life. The poet is generous with that victory. Truth-telling, raw, fierce with feeling—he is indeed victorious, and so are his star-struck readers."
—Brenda Shaughnessy

"...The poems are savage and ferocious in their insistence that the fate of the soul, that ultimate perspectives dog our every step. They are perfectly earnest, skeptical about earnestness and about being skeptical: ‘We were given more than we can drown.’ They are sophisticated about everything that has happened in poetry, and extend it. I loved this book."
—Frank Bidart

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