Margo Berdeshevsky

2011 / paperback / $15.95

2007 / paperback / $12.95

“Margo Berdeshevsky is a mature poet and world citizen whose ever-lively sense of wonder both at the world and at language is a constant in her work. This is writing with emotional power, great beauty and immediacy, found in the here-and-now, woven with extraordinary awareness of what is precisely not beautiful in human life, which is an intrinsic part of the poems’ texture and reason for being.”—Marilyn Hacker

“There is in Margo Berdeshevsky’s work a rare persistence of the lyric voice, used with a sense of ecstasy & grief almost religious in its evocations. Absolutely modern & fearlessly romantic by turns, the poems circle the rich & threatened corners of the living planet & travel further into places marked by mythic & oneiric time. With the publication of But a Passage in Wilderness, Berdeshevsky emerges, fully empowered, as the maker of a new poetry that pushes voice & image toward creation of a world ‘barbaric, vast and wild’ that Diderot once saw as marker of what all poetry must be.”—Jerome Rothenberg

“What makes But a Passage in Wilderness a unity, a big book and a small cosmos, is the depth of feeling it conveys, abundant and interactive, embodied and sensual. The poems are unfailingly fluent with emotional understanding, accurately invoked. A faithful dailyness radiates her words, even in her most daring flights. ‘Mother-ground,’ she says, ‘show me roots in your bare dirty kiss.’ She has taken her store of our language to heart.”—Marie Ponsot

MARGO BERDESHEVSKY, born in New York City, is the author of But a Passage in Wilderness and Beautiful Soon Enough (University of Alabama Press, 2009). She is winner of the Fiction Collective Two’s American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award and recipient of the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America (selected by Marie Ponsot,) seven Pushcart nominations, and two Pushcart “special mention citations” for works in leading literary journals, including Agni, The Kenyon Review, Poetry International, New Letters, Pleiades, The Southern Review, Chelsea, Runes, Poetry Review (UK) Wolf Magazine (UK) Sièclee 21, and Confluences Poétiques. Other honors include the Chelsea Award for poetry, the Sue Saniel Elkind Award, honorable mentions in the Pablo Neruda Award, the Ann Stanford Award (selected by Yusef Komunyakaa) and the Border’s Books/ Honolulu Magazine Grand Prize for Fiction. Recent exhibitions of her “visual poems” have been at The Pacific Center of Photography in Hawaii and at La Galerie Etienne De Causans in Paris. Her documentary photographs and poems follow a journey to Sumatra in Spring 2005 to work in a survivors’ clinic in Aceh; they became her Tsunami Notebook. A cross-genre novel, Vagrant, is at the next gate, and forthcoming.

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