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Margo Berdeshevsky

Passionate about words. And skies. And fingers. And waking up. Born in New York City. Traveled a lot of the world. Currently writing in Paris, where I may be considering conversations with Madame de Sevigné's ghost who lurks, maybe, in my courtyard.

Newest collection of poetry: "BETWEEN SOUL & STONE" (Sheep Meadow Press.) My book of illustrated stories, "BEAUTIFUL SOON ENOUGH" (University of Alabama Press/ 2009) received FC2 's Ronald Sukenick Award for Innovative Fiction. Earlier poetry collection, "BUT A PASSAGE IN WILDERNESS," also published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2007.

Here are the nice kudos:
Praise for "BETWEEN SOUL & STONE":
"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...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)]

"...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. This is not an easy book to read. It demands, it rewards, every ounce of your reading attention. It is also deeply transformative. If nothing else, you'll emerge from your reading with a more exalted sense of what beauty means in our lives. That someone can think, and write, like this is a gift to us all..." [from very rave review (Powell's Books Blog) by CHRIS FAATZ.]

Each page [of "Between Soul & Stone"] is immaculate as Berdeshevsky wanders with fire from George Herbert to Cassandra to the silence of the sun before the wounded moon: "The pigeon has found a crippled / moon who will not stand again for days. Has / found water's silence / and the winter wren trusts me." Her ways are the fantastic, the pathos of "love's famine," and a mastery of emotion..."BETWEEN SOUL & STONE" is a book of measured splendors. (WILLIS BARNSTONE )

"Berdeshevsky is a mature poet and world citizen...writing with emotional power...woven with extraordinary awareness of what is precisely not beautiful in human life. So MUCH verbal beauty, with the eternal quality of the tale or fable." (MARILYN HACKER)

"Margo Berdeshevsky understands the diabolical complexity of the human heart, and how eros is a form of intelligence as well as a drive. Writing with lyric accuracy and necessary forgiveness about the turmoils of love, she also declares the 8th Deadly Sin: the refusal of intense experience." (SVEN BIRKERTS)

"Margo Berdeshevsky's "Beautiful Soon Enough" is a thrillingly cutting-edge work of photos and short short stories flowing together into an extended erotic dream that limns the inner lives of women deeply yearning for connection and authenticity. This is a splendid book by a fine poet turning into an equally fine fiction writer." (ROBERT OLEN BUTLER )

"Brevity... lushness and lyricism... This is a writer who understands the power of language." Review in Poetry International-- for Margo Berdeshevsky's story collection BEAUTIFUL SOON ENOUGH.

Graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, attended Northwestern and New York Universities, quit for a role in her first Off Broadway play.