That day we were in a room with blue curtains. Every time I wanted to speak some hand would lift that pale, translucent fabric and I’d see him standing on the circular balcony which held something old and shapeless. It was late morning. We were already late for everything. So I stood at one end of the room and watched him. And between us was a bed and a table and things in a hotel—you know, things that are anonymous and belong to no one. Like a sea or a life. And all I remember is how expensive it was. Not the room, but the feeling.
22 The Paris-American
Alex Dimitrov's first book of poems, Begging for It, will be published this March by Four Way Books. His poems have been published in the Yale Review, Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, Slate, Poetry Daily, Tin House, and Boston Review. He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Award from the American Poetry Review, founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City, and the author of American Boys, an e-chapbook published by Floating Wolf Quarterly earlier this year. Dimitrov works at the Academy of American Poets, teaches creative writing at Rutgers University, and frequently writes for Poets & Writers.