The Beautifully Worthless

The Beautifully Worthless

by Ali Liebegott
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The Beautifully Worthless by Ali Liebegott

Winner of the 2005 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction.

" The Beautifully Worthless is an outrageous act of kindness."— Eileen Myles

"She's insanely talented, it's mad. The Beautifully Worthless crisscrosses the USA, like Close to the Knives , like Kerouac, desperately seeking out everything occluded and driven, a frenzy of seeking frozen into poetry." —Kevin Killian

"Ali Liebegott’s books evoke a life-affirming sensation that comes from embracing the pendular. Her ability to hit the right tone is scientific, almost violent in its precision—a single word or observation, well-placed, can have a reader crying or laughing aloud."— Evan Karp, Bomb Magazine

A runaway waitress leaves her lover, grabs her dog, and hits the highway. Ali Liebegott maps her travels in a series of hilarious and heartbreaking letters to the girl she left behind, and some of the most exquisite poetry written about love, heartache, and madness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780872865716
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication date: 04/02/2013
Series: City Lights/Sister Spit
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 992,414
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ali Liebegott is the author of the award-winning books The Beautifully Worthless and The IHOP Papers . In 2010 she took a train trip across America interviewing female poets for a project titled, The Heart Has Many Doors ; excerpts from these interviews are posted monthly on The Believer Logger . Her novel Cha-Ching! is forthcoming from City Lights/Sister Spit. In addition, she is the founding editor at Writers Among Artists whose first publication, Faggot Dinosaur , was released in 2012.

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Ali Liebegott¿s new collection of poetry, The Beautifully Worthless, is a stunning debut. Fresh out of the gate from the wizards at Suspect Thoughts Press in San Francisco, this remarkable gem is a fresh and fantastic look at life in all its complexity, ugliness and beauty. Liebegott¿s work delivers a powerful wallop in few words and is almost a collection of epigrams that both saddens and inspires. My copy is filled with notations in the margins for future reference. Similar to Neruda in its earthiness, Tess Gallagher in its honesty, and Michelle Tea in ingenuity and style, TBW will make a great gift this year for friends who have grown tired of wordy or self-conscious poetry. Liebegott explores feelings of desperate yearning for a better place in ¿Jackpot, Nevada¿: ¿I don¿t know much about leaving town just that the wooden handle that pumps that well keeps going up and down inside of me¿ She also fully understands the power of words in ¿Years Later: Montrose, Pennsylvania¿ with, ¿I wanted to be the weightless gun hidden/inside the typewriter, smuggled to the inmate.¿ From describing her complicated relationship with her mother in ¿Las Vegas¿ (¿When we fell, we fell, two suitcases/side by side from the bridge¿) to the painful deterioration of romantic partnerships in ¿Brooklyn¿ (¿downstairs we moved slowly around each other/not gorgeously, but like the yellow/that slowly overtakes the leaf¿s edge¿), Liebegott is one of those rare poets who invites you into her reality simply because she is filled with compassion (¿I know what it feels like to have nothing to lose¿). And she is damn good at it.