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Product Details

  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931357862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931357869
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,268,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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)

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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."--Jerome Rothenberg

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Born in New York City, MARGO BERDESHEVSKY has traveled the world. She currently is writing in Paris, where she is considering conversations with Madame de Sevigne's ghost who lurks, maybe, in the courtyard. Her newest collection of poetry is "BETWEEN SOUL & STONE" (Sheep Meadow Press/2011.) Her book of illustrated stories, "BEAUTIFUL SOON ENOUGH" (University of Alabama Press/ 2009) received the American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick Award for Innovative Fiction. Her poetry collection, "BUT A PASSAGE IN WILDERNESS," was published by Sheep Meadow Press in 2007.

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, itrewards, 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 rave review (Powell's Books Blog) by CHRIS FAATZ.]

Each page [of "Between Soul & Stone"] is immaculate as Margo 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 )

Praise for "BEAUTIFUL SOON ENOUGH":

"Margo 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 )

Of her poetry collection, JEROME ROTHENBERG has written,"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.' "

"Brevity... lushness and lyricism... This is a writer who understands the power of language." Rave review (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, she quit for a role in her first Off Broadway play; trained as an actress by Lee Strasberg, she performed in world premieres of Harold Pinter's "The Basement" & "Tea Party," David Hare's "Slag," worked in the companies of Lincoln Center and Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, toured the USA as Ophelia, and was nominated for a television Emmy award, for a country western drama in which she had her head in an oven, but was saved by a neighbor who prayed for her.

Her multi-genre novel, "VAGRANT," will be published next.

* For an in-depth INTERVIEW @ Paris Writers News: http://tinyurl.com/ygc4esc

* Pls visit her BLOG: http://margoberdeshevsky.blogspot.com/

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tobey Hiller on May 1, 2012
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I loved this book. Margo Berdeshevsky's passionate and honest engagement with self and world make her work stunning, wide-ranging and compassionate--these poems will awaken you, take you far, & bring you home to the blessed and brutal place we all live. In this book, which seems almost to be a prayer unprayed, a song--half sacred, half profane--to the longing for peace and love we all feel, she strikes a rare and heartrending balance between the sorrows and blessings of knowledge, of experience, of love, of body. Her voice, lyric and full of arresting delicacy, has a dramatic muscle rare in a poet of such delicacy. There are echoes of Keats, Herbert, English ballads, Shakespeare, even Whitman, here. This is a big book, full of a broad and limpid mind and heart and soul.
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Between Soul & Stone could have as easily been titled, Within Soul & Stone. A penetrating, lyrical exploration of the internal - both concrete and ephemeral, it reads at times like a series of prayers, at times like a call to battle, at times like a love song to the unseen. There is a pervasive physical intelligence throughout this collection that evokes the experience of the microcosm - the fleeting emotion, the sustaining cry, the disappearing blessing, the loss and triumph of time - as though the poet were all these things (and more) before writing about them. Margo Berdeshevsky creates a mystery out of mysteries and then portrays it with lyrical beauty in each poem. This is moving, finely wrought art from a profoundly spiritual poet.
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By C. W. on December 13, 2012
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These poems are lush,lyrical renderings of the hard work of the spirit, soul against stone, prayer and longing made achingly tangible.
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By poplarhaven on October 14, 2011
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This is a superb book, major poetry in a unique and necessary voice. And such music! I think this volume is more full-throated than the earlier "But a Passage in Wilderness," even more elegiac, maybe even wiser. "My Long Drum" is an exquisite opening (and closing)-- no one can mistake the poet after that, or turn away from her. Many of the poems here and in "But a Passage" have seemed to me to have George Herbert in their heart. This one shivers with Rilke. Berdeshevsky's art is complete, and sustaining.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Studdard on January 5, 2013
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The following are excerpts from a review in the fall/winter 2012 issue of Pleiades. For the full review, please see the issue.

A poet of supreme grace is Margo Berdeshevsky, author of Between Soul and Stone (Sheep Meadow Press, 2011), a collection that 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.

Here is an important, beautiful contemporary collection that, in unique ways, deals with themes that should concern us all. Buy it, read it, re-read it, teach it, gift it, emulate it. It is worthy.
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