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Begging for it : poems

Author: Alex Dimitrov
Publisher: New York : Four Way Books ; Lebanon, NH : Distributed by University Press of New England, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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"Alex Dimitrov leads us through the streets, bridges, and bedrooms of New York City, sometimes as far away as Buenos Aires and Iceland, and as close as our own darkest corners. A Bulgarian immigrant, Dimitrov writes as both observer of and fervent participant in an "American youth," as his speakers navigate both the physical and emotional landscapes of desire, intimacy, and longing--whether for a friend, a lover, or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Poetry
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alex Dimitrov
ISBN: 9781935536260 1935536265
OCLC Number: 801996535
Description: 79 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Heartland --
The crucifix --
Passage --
Leaving for America, May 1991 --
American youth --
The underwear --
Night flights --
St. Sebastian questions a terrorist --
To the thirsty I will give water --
America, you darling --
This is a personal poem --
This is not a personal poem --
James Franco --
Prayer for the New Years --
Prayer in Hell's Kitchen --
The composer's lover --
Bloodletting --
Self-portrait as Brigitte Bardot in Contempt --
In the museum of old lovers --
Lush --
At close rang --
In this economy even businessmen go down --
Suit & tie, 6'1, married, financial district --
Minor miracles --
Begging for it --
All Souls' Day --
Seven chambers of a wolf's heart --
Beginning in Buenos Aires --
A second heart swims up my throat --
Self-portrait as Daisy in The Great Gatsby --
Sensualism --
The burning place --
After love --
A lover's discourse --
His red ribs, glittering --
Uncomplicated happiness --
Grave flowers --
The fates --
Fugue in the wrong key --
Evening --
Blue curtains --
White fire --
Self-portrait without the self --
21st century lover --
I will be loving --
I'm lonely and I love it --
Sleeping with everyone --
Heroines --
Self-portrait as Brett in The Sun Also Rises --
Radiance --
Red desert --
Nowhere better than this place --
Refusing the ledge --
We are a natural wonder --
The why --
Dear friend: I have nearly died three times since morning --
Darling --
I'm always thinking about you, America.
Responsibility: by Alex Dimitrov.

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"Alex Dimitrov leads us through the streets, bridges, and bedrooms of New York City, sometimes as far away as Buenos Aires and Iceland, and as close as our own darkest corners. A Bulgarian immigrant, Dimitrov writes as both observer of and fervent participant in an "American youth," as his speakers navigate both the physical and emotional landscapes of desire, intimacy, and longing--whether for a friend, a lover, or a self, "Saint or stranger, I still recklessly seek you." Throughout the collection, we are consistently rooted in place: a seemingly American place, a New York place, an emotional space in which "the body becomes a cage you can't feel your way out of." In one poem, we meet Hart Crane at the St. Mark's Baths; in another, the speaker is reading Montaigne while a car crashes into the Gowanus Canal. Dimitrov invokes Rimbaud, Proust, Wilde, Barthes, Sontag, even James Franco. A contemporary coming-of-age in which the speakers are as much immersed in the present as they are plagued and enchanted by the past, this collection is very much alive. And even as Dimitrov assures us that "we were given more than we can drown," he warns, almost seductively: "Don't worry. No one is spared.""--Publisher's website.

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