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Ali Liebegott: The Summer of Dead Birds

"The Summer of Dead Birds is sweet and so sad and the writing’s perfect." —Eileen Myles, author of Afterglow

“When I read The Summer of Dead Birds the first time, the tender, fragile body of the work kept me breathless from page to page. The second time I read it, the space the poet leaves for the reader was clear and I felt my own fragile tenderness. We are fortunate to have the stark genius of Ali Liebegott on earth to push our lives forward, like all the best poets do.” —CA Conrad, author of While Standing in Line for Death

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In this chronicle of mourning and survival, Ali Liebegott wallows in loneliness and over-assigns meaning to everyday circumstance, clinging to an aging dog and obsessing over dead birds. But these unpretentious vignettes are laced with compassion, 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 lives in Los Angeles and writes for Transparent.