The Summer of Dead Birds

Ali Liebegott (Author)

Product Details

$17.95  $16.51
Amethyst Editions
Publish Date
March 12, 2019
5.0 X 7.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Ali Liebegott has published three books: The Beautifully Worthless, The IHOP Papers, and Cha-Ching! She is the recipient of two Lambda Literary Awards and a Ferro-Grumley Award. She currently lives in Los Angeles and writes for the Emmy Award-winning show Transparent.


"Ali Liebegott is a pillar of queer poetry, and her new collection solidifies why. It's a potent little meditation on grief. Gorgeous and raw. . . . Liebegott's poetry is deeply affecting and utterly readable. For such a fast read, The Summer of Dead Birds lingers for a long time." --Rewire

"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 meditation on grief and loss with a good dose of humor, shaped with beautiful cadence and structure." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"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

"A long aria of loss." --BUST

"An often-sweet, often-startling autobiographical novel-in-verse about going through a divorce and the death of a loved one--meditating on life's big and small losses, and the ways the universe at once reminds us of and assuages those losses." --O, The Oprah Magazine

"This remarkable novel-in-verse reads like a meticulously fabricated miniature, an object whose small size and great care of assembly never let readers lose sight of its loving artificiality--its existence as a crafted object." --Poetry Foundation