Ali Liebegott with special guests: Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m., City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco

 

Ali Liebegott reads from

The Summer of Dead Birds

published by Feminist Press

joined by special guests: Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian

"A fierce, funny, agonized, cracked-open aria in homage to the presence and passing of fiercely loved things." —Maggie Nelson, author of The Argonauts

how does a person dislodge the scenes
that burn inside them like arsoned cars?

Ali Liebegott is reeling from a fresh, painful divorce. She wallows in grief and overassigns meaning to everyday circumstance, clinging to an aging Dalmatian and obsessing over dead birds. Going through the motions of teaching and walking her dog, she eventually decides to hit the road: Ali and Rorschach at the Center of the World.

This autobiographical novel-in-verse is a chronicle of mourning and survival, documenting depression and picking apart failed intimacy. But Ali Liebegott's poetry is laced with compassion, for herself and the reader and the world, as she learns to balance the sting of death with the tender strangeness of life.

Ali Liebegott is the author of three books, and the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards and a Ferro-Grumley Award. She currently live in Los Angeles and writes for Transparent.

 


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The Summer of Dead Birds
Ali Liebegott
2019 Edition
A poet documents depression and grief in this autobiographical novel-in-verse.