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This Valentine’s Day, we’re pleased to bring you Alex Dimitrov’s love poem for fellow poet (and fire sign) Dorothea Lasky.
YOU ARE THE PARTY I WANT TO GO TO
Dottie Lasky, it’s so funny how we met at a party
and we both hate parties and we both love
men who talk about their feelings,
especially if we talk about them to each other,
not the feelings but the men,
those men, they’re best when hopelessly
in love with us and crying
with their little mouths wide open.
I love a woman who can make men cry.
Well, it’s true, I want to have a thousand dinners with you!
And it’s true, I hope we’re never cool,
I hope we call each other just to gossip always.
Dottie Lasky, it’s the beginning of a story,
of a friendship, of celebrations without parties.
You are the party I want to go to, baby.
ALEX DIMITROV’s first book of poems, Begging for It, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in early 2013. He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize for younger poets from The American Poetry Review and the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Slate, Tin House, and Boston Review.