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But a Passage in Wilderness
Margo Berdeshevsky

Sheep Meadow
2007 • 104 pp. 6 1/2 x 10"

$12.95 Paperback, 978-1-931357-50-0

This is a first book of poetry by a recipient of the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, selected by Marie Ponsot

Reviews / Endorsements

“(This first book) is an extraordinary mixture of emotional power and beauty. It’s not like anything else I have read lately or in the past. So MUCH verbal beauty, out of the here-and-now, woven with an extraordinary openness to what is precisely NOT beautiful in human life, making that an intrinsic part of the poem’s texture”—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

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MARGO BERDESHEVSKY was born in New York City in 1945 and was an actress. She has been a recipient of 4 Pushcart Prize nominations, and places in the Pablo Neruda and Ann Stanford Awards (selected by Yusef Komunyakaa), among others. A book of short fictions, Beautiful Soon Enough, is now waiting at the gate. Margo Berdeshevsky currently lives in Paris.

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