" Reader, ... important, beautiful contemporary collections that, in unique ways, deal with themes that should concern us all. Buy them, read them, re-read them, teach them, gift them, emulate them. They are worthy. (A) poet of supreme grace …is Margo Berdeshevsky, author of the collection Between Soul and Stone (Sheep Meadow Press/2011)… exhibits consistent, magical, transformative lyricism both of image and sound. With Berdeshevsky, one is reminded, for instance, of Company, by Samuel Beckett... Berdeshevsky circles around and around her themes like a bird of prey. " …from a new review by Melissa Studdard, appearing in Pleiades, --Winter issue/ 2012.
"Brevity... lushness and lyricism... This is a writer who understands the power of language." Rave for Margo Berdeshevsky’s story collection BEAUTIFUL SOON ENOUGH ...Beauty and Its Blade: A Review of Margo Berdeshevsky’s "Beautiful Soon Enough":
"In her latest collection, Beautiful Soon Enough, her short stories of twenty-three fearless women “sing like an ocean”— they are beautiful, dangerous, and at times, even horrific. It is Berdeshevsky’s poetic prose that compels these women to life, brings them like apparitions into our world, forcing each to stand out like “the milkiest blue pebble in the park.” We enter each woman through the heart—raw and beating—feeling each and every visceral moment as they also must. Each woman is as alive as if you could “[…] smell her. Taste her. Maybe [even] kill her.” Each feels as if the author herself were confessing naked through open windows..." [Poetry International ]
*****newest rave review from Powell's critic for "Between Soul & Stone": "... Her latest book, Between Soul and Stone, is incredible. This may sound trite, but I can't help but identify Berdeshevsky's work as being like a gossamer web: intensely beautiful, painstakingly crafted into textually dense strands of poetic light. "
+YES, yes** Still Love Brian Beglin's review of my book Beautiful Soon Enough: http://therumpus.net/2010/01/stirring-coffee-with-a-feather/
The subject of what is fiction/what is poetry is ever big and unwieldy. Susceptible to cross-genre. Susceptible to morning. I'm no blogger by nature—but I’ll stir a paragraph that addresses the issue—in Beglin's wonderful review, I think I've been accused of being a poet! That's ok, but ...
Because the Beglin review IS wonderful, and/but it seems to blink at, or bypass that there is historically, in literature, a lengthy history, and a wealth of lyric prose, and, narrative poetry, I have to pause. I've never been an academic, just a humble writer—a thing that differentiates me from some or many—and so I tend to pen the poems and/or stories mixing them with cream as I see fit, but make no boxes-- no old Melvina Reynold's boxes made of ticky tacky: http://tinyurl.com/38vpcya
I’m not for analyzing my own work, that's for good critics; rather...say what ya’ wish but spell my long name right; seriously, I pray this makes lots of hay for Beautiful Soon Enough. I admit, I love the book too :) and I love to cross genres, which is what the book does—crossing image with words, the lives of women desperate for a balance between love, comfort, and freedom, and yes, crossing a poetic voice with stories meant to tell themselves in a way that they need. These are, I dare to say, a woman's stories, and sexy/sensual stories (not ala Roth or Updike)—and not in the recent K. Roiphe bru-ha way—but yes, a particular literary voice.
(Speaking of Roiphe, I think she missed the boat, maybe even the apocalyptic arc.She left out women. see http://community.nytimes.com/comments/papercuts.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/0... for my own NY Times comment.)
Grateful to Brian Beglin for his grand Rumpus review, "Stirring Coffee with A Feather." May it lead people to the book, and spark its own good rumpus. & it's enough to make me go back to the blank page, with a new feather.
Thine, in cross genre,
(is that like Malvolio in cross garters?)
PS: Andrew Sullivan (The Atlantic) thought this noteworthy on the subject -- When Poets Write Fiction --& linked his 'The Daily Dish' to the Rumpus review and the new/old/new debate."When Poets Write Fiction " : "Brian Beglin reviews Margo Berdeshevesky’s Beautiful Soon Enough and debates the nature of fiction:..."
** PPS: also pls SEE: http://margoberdeshevsky.blogspot.com/
** SEE my "Letters from Paris" @ Poetry International'sWeblog:
& SEE interview in Paris Writers' News: @ Paris Writers News: http://tinyurl.com/ygc4esc Margo Berdeshevsky on life, love and her new book, BEAUTIFUL SOON ENOUGH
& Review in Pleiades 30.2 says " Beautiful Soon Enough is one of those books you'd do well to read twice...wondrous erotic language pushes through these tales...Berdeshevsky may flout the rules, but in so doing she has created a singular vivid paean to passion and sorrow, desire and intensity..."
some recent Readings: http://berdeshevsky.blogspot.com/
***Kindle version of “Beautiful Soon Enough” now available on Amazon:
Recommendation for "Beautiful Soon Enough": http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/woman-fiction/975
** my most recent book:
"Between Soul & Stone" from Sheep Meadow Press:
To order "Between Soul & Stone"from Amazon usa: http://tinyurl.com/3duvqmg
"Avec toute cette obscurité autour de moi je me sens moins seul" (Samuel Beckett)