"...It is this ability to perceive hope in despair, joy in grief - not in the abstract but in daily lives - which infuses these poems with a rare beauty. The recurring images - claws, bone, blindness, etc. - are not in themselves, beautiful. But, though both thoughts and lines are often broken, there is a cohesion of words, of landscape and of people which imbues Berdeshevsky's world with a particularity as unequivocal as that of Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake." ...Berdeshevsky is a contemporary poet reflecting contemporary life and one whose distinctive voice will impact as surely as "nailed nerves dry tears to the whites of seeing. ("Walking Papers"). "
[Poetry Review (UK)Volume 98, No 3, Autumn 2008]