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"The Beautifully Worthless is a genre-smudging, American Mythos-screwing hell of a book. Never falling into the twee or succumbing to the snarky, Liebegott's wit, astuteness and assured poetics come together to create this marvel of empathy & mercy, decency & heart; it affirms the possibility that hope is tenable and that living is worth the life itself. This is an atlas for every queerly vagabond soul, a pillow book for the hopelessly heartweary."—Justin Chin

"Ali Liebegott's The Beautifully Worthless is a mixed-genre tour de force, a classic yet subverted road story, an original and fierce claim on this country, and the generator of an unusual, moving canon. It's saturated with Liebegott's signature gifts: a peerless sense of humor and a capacity to bear witness to and articulate the darkest corners of fear and despair. I stand in awe of Liebegott's talent and heart. She is one of the best we've got."—Maggie Nelson

"Her witty, compassionate voice haunts me like no other."—Joan Larkin

"Most comparisons to Jack Kerouac induce eye-rolls, but you figure that the Beatific City Lights wouldn't print such a thing unless they meant it. The Beautifully Worthless is a subverted road story about a runaway waitress who leaves her lover and hits the road with her dog. She maps her travels in letters to the girl she left behind and poetry about love and heartache."—SF Weekly

"[Liebegott] writes with grace and empathy and with a whole 'lotta' heart."—Amos Lassen

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Winner of the 2005 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Lesbian Fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: City Lights/Sister Spit
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: City Lights Publishers (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0872865711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0872865716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alex Renault on November 18, 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on April 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I remember going to see David Wojnarowicz reading from CLOSE TO THE KNIVES and thinking that never again would I experience a reading of such power and such vast seismic changes of mood and register. And until two weeks ago, I still thought so. Then I went to see Ali Liebegott and had the same kind of earthquake experience all over again. She's insanely talented, it's mad.

If any of you enjoyed Anne Carson's "novel in verse," AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN RED, I imagine you will like this book too. It is coming out of the same impulse, to find the lyric heart lurking inside narrative and to display it, to glory in it, to foreground that which is ordinarily hidden. THE BEAUTIFULLY WORTHLESS criss-crosses the USA, like CLOSE TO THE KNIVES, like Kerouac, desperately seeking out everything occluded and driven, a frenzy of seeking frozen into poetry. The sequences late in this book are written in language as stately and magnificent as the Psalms (King James version).

Before this reading I wasn't very aware of Ali Liebegott and now I'm like Saul after Tarsus, I've seen the light and I'm here to spread the word. Whatever we were looking for, all the basic reasons we are drawn to reading, for escape, for commitment, for pleasure, for passion, she's got them good, like fever.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Courtois on June 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
One of the recurring images in this endearing book is that of the penny--worthless (practically), yet impossible to just ignore or throw away. So it is with the footloose narrator, who refuses to live a throw-away life, in spite of herself.

Comparisons to Adrienne Rich's poem, "An Atlas of the Difficult World," are inevitable, since both works cover some of the same ground; Liebegott acknowledges such by quoting from the Rich poem. But while Liebegott shares Rich's astonishing gift for imagery, she also gives us something Rich rarely (if ever) does: humor. It has been pointed out, and bears repeating, that Liebegott can be heartbreaking one moment, funny the next. Here is a poet who is not only the real thing, but also the complete package.

My only question about this book is, can it really be called a novel? I ask this, not in the spirit of carping, but because the book is rich enough to provoke some lively discussion on this topic. I hope Ali Liebegott joins in; I'm dying to hear more of her voice.
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