ALI LIEBEGOTT reads from her new poetry collection THE SUMMER OF DEAD BIRDS with MICHELLE TEA

The Summer of Dead Birds (Amethyst Editions)

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. 

Praise for The Summer or Dead Birds

“Liebegott’s The Summer of Dead Birds is a must-read. Read it twice: drink it down the first time in one sitting, and then slowly take it in again."Paperback Paris

“A near mythic journey into life-stopping loss: a howl, and a hymn to what’s mortal.” Marie Howe, author of Magdalene: Poems

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

“Sweet and so sad, and the writing’s perfect.” Eileen Myles, author of I Must Be Living Twice

“A chronicle of grief & its animals—the birds our cities kill, the dogs who are our best friends, the lovers we can’t keep, the strange beauty of a mother’s death, the strange translation of all of death’s old meanings in a time of mass extinction.” Ariana Reines, author of A Sand Book

“Full of wry heartbreak and sweet, sad humor; righteous fury and tender grief.”Michelle Tea, author of Modern Tarot

“A linked sequential lyric memoir balancing aphoristic ingenuity, deadpan irreverence, and the deep interior exploration of the soul.” sam sax, author of Madness

"A deeply considered, sometimes irreverent meditation on the end of life, as well as the attempts to survive some of the little deaths we endure along the way."—Stacey Lewis, City Lights Bookstore

Ali Liebegott is the author of three books, and the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards and a Ferro-Grumley Award.

michelle tea is the author of the young adult novels Mermaid in Chelsea Creek and Girl at the Bottom of the Sea, as well as numerous books for grown-ups. She lives in Los Angeles, where she reads tarot cards, casts spells, and talks to birds.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
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