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The predominant speaker in these poems is a "stupid human" who often seeks out, and sometimes stumbles into, encounters with the natural world. Liz Ahl has an observant eye, a keen wit, and an ear attuned to the music of common speech. She's wise enough to see herself -- and all of us -- as "occasional punctuation marks / in a deeper, invisible story." A Thirst That's Partly Mine is a deeply satisfying chapbook in which the individual poems add up to much more than the sum of their parts. --Grace Bauer, author of Retreats and Recognitions and The Women at the Well

Liz Ahl bring's a naturalist's close observation and a metaphysician's wry wit to poems about our lived experiences in the natural/physical world. --Robin Becker, author of Domain of Perfect Affection and The Horse Fair

In a difficult world, we readers of Liz Ahl's poems might wonder, with her unearthed spring toad, "...what any of us are supposed to do about any of it." Perhaps these vivid and compassionate poems have the answer as they sweep human language over the endurance and beauty of what's creaturely here. Where species intersect, the result on the page is pure art. Brava, Liz Ahl, poet, observer, participant! --Hilda Raz, author of All Odd and Splendid and Trans

About the Author

Liz Ahl is a poet and teacher who lives in New Hampshire. Her poems, some of which have received Pushcart Prize nominations, have appeared recently or are forthcoming in Four Corners, White Pelican Review, 5AM, Court Green, Margie, The Women's Review of Books, Prairie Schooner, Alimentum, and North American Review. Her work has also been included in several anthologies, including Red, White and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (University of Iowa Press, 2004), Mischief, Caprice, and Other Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press, 2004), and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence (University of Iowa Press, 2002).
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Liz Ahl is a poet and teacher who lives in New Hampshire. Her poems, some of which have received Pushcart Prize nominations, have appeared or are forthcoming in Four Corners, White Pelican Review, 5AM, Court Green, Margie, The Women's Review of Books, Prairie Schooner, Alimentum, and North American Review. Her work has also been included in several anthologies, including Red, White and Blues: Poets on the Promise of America (University of Iowa Press, 2004), Mischief, Caprice, and Other Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press, 2004), and Like Thunder: Poets Respond to Violence (University of Iowa Press, 2002). She has been awarded residencies at Jentel, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Vermont Studio Center.

Her first chapbook, A Thirst That's Partly Mine, won the 2008 Slapering Hol chapbook contest; a second chapbook, Luck, was published by Pecan Grove Press in 2010. In 2002, a limited edition (30) collection of poetry, On The Avenue of Eternal Peace, was designed and printed by book artist Joe Ruffo (Lyra Press) and beautifully bound by Denise Brady.

Ahl's interests as a poet include performance, collaboration, and cross-disciplinary work (letterpress printing, working with musicians, dancers and visual artists). Her work has been set to original symphonic music, combined with dance choreography, and riffed to improvisational jazz. She has read in galleries in collaboration with thematic visual art shows and has published broadsides and chapbooks of both her own work and the work of others.

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