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“(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

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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)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Sheep Meadow; First Edition edition (December 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931357501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931357500
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,697,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Akilah Oliver on April 23, 2008
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As I read these gorgeously written poems, I am observing these tough wildernesses or I am in ritual with the text, or I am reformulating what it means to be reader witness, because these poems make me sit up straighter and seek. These wild places I find in her work, they are not uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable regions, but familiar, stark and unapologetically human, and so alive. I love this book.
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The best kind of poetry: it challenges the reader to look closely and honestly at this difficult world. Although what the poet witnesses and asks us to witness in But a Passage in Wilderness may be personally and globally painful, for example in her rendering of time spent in tsunami-torn Sumatra, Margo Berdeshevsky handles all with incredible beauty and (dare I say?) grace.
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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 not at all narcissistic or obscure. They represent a full, grand consciousness both anchored in our own shared moment and illuminating it. An essential book, the best possible companion in the wreckage of now.
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