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Margo gives an overview of the book:

"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...
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"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 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.)

[ The book forms a passage through the metaphorical wilderness of my time — in five sections: On Frailty/ Whom Beggars Call/ The Story/ On Breaking/ Best Love ] (mb)

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Each poet, each breaking -- teaches me the word. (mb)

About Margo

Born in New York City, she has traveled the world. Of "Beautiful Soon Enough," Robert Olen Butler has written: "...

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Published Reviews

May.19.2008

These are bardic poems, but not at all presumptuous or abstract. Berdeshevsky's earned them by her life fully lived, her compassion, and the music that makes them poetry. They're also personal poems, but...

May.20.2008

Witnessing, April 23, 2008
By Akilah Oliver (New York, NY)

As I read these gorgeously written poems, I am observing these tough wildernesses or I am in ritual with the text, or I am...

Author's Publishing Notes

http://www.sheepmeadowpress.com/pages/author%20pages/berdeshevsky.html