“Few lesbian relationships survive the death of a mother,” a therapist warns in the second poem of Ali Liebegott’s new collection The Summer of Dead Birds. Her first book since 2013, it’s an autobiographical novel told in the form of 84 linked poems about death, dying, and a Dalmatian named Rorschach. It would all be very maudlin if Liebegott weren’t so funny. This is someone who has, in the past, done standup in a dog costume, and once edited a self-descriptive anthology called Faggot Dinosaurs. Her sense of humor sneaks into this collection here and there, even as she’s meditating over the flattening of a pigeon in the street. Liebegott will be joined for this reading by Beth Pickens and Amra Brooks.