Salmagundi contributor Alex Dimitrov with Executive Editor Peg Boyers after Alex read from his new book of poems, Begging For It, at Skidmore. Keep a keen ear open for this very gifted young writer. Here’s a link to five new poems online at The Brooklyn Rail including “Nights With People, Days Without” which knocked us out at last night’s event:
And here’s a poem that’s in the book which first appeared in Salmagundi Magazine:
Refusing the Ledge
BY ALEX DIMITROV
For months only travelers and the dead
touching you. In hotel rooms higher
than a summer suicide—laced with sugars
and sweat, the steps from the interior
to the ledge. An address book, a book of names,
someone’s life laid open in bed.
So when he spoke to you
your hair grew a shade darker
and his voice felt cooler
than the pavement outside—
where a child lost his only possession,
a balloon deflating through his ribs.
How brief, how brilliant
the minutes felt in their unkindness.
And you chose to be touched
instead of touching down.