Last night Jorie Graham came to Wilde Boys to talk about her new book of poems, Place, and I also spoke to her about a variety of topics like poetic form, being awake and present in the world, writing from the body/writing from the mind, how scientists are turning to artists in thinking about environmental problems, poetry and politics, and much more.
Jorie was luminous, generous, and stunning. She changed the energy in the room. I am so grateful to her for coming to my salon. It was a gift.
it was Rimbaud flitting about 19th-century Europe or Allen Ginsberg pacing the
pavement of 1950s New York, there's been a longstanding tradition of the poet
as a countercultural icon. No one embodies this institution better than Alex Dimitrov."
I think of a chapbook as the equivalent to an EP by my favorite band, and a full length book as an LP. The poems in this echapbook, American Boys, were written between November 2011 and March 2012. They’re not included in my first book, Begging for It, which will be out in the spring. In American Boys I’m thinking about America—the one we’re sold and the one we live in. I’m thinking about Allen Ginsberg. I’m thinking about how we communicate through text messages and social media, how we have sex—I’m thinking about summer. And the poems—they’re thinking about you. All eight of them. And secretly, they’re about love.
Alex Dimitrov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1984. His first book of poems, Begging for It, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in March 2013. Dimitrov is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review. His poems have appeared in the Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Boston Review, Tin House, Slate, Poetry Daily, and American Poetry Review, 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. 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.