Margo Berdeshevsky

Letter from Paris, Spring 2013

from Margo Berdeshevsky IT WAS MAY DAY IN PARIS…or WAS IT ONLY THE IMAGE? “Une petit(e) Piece Dieu Nous Benisse.” A coin—a little coin, God Bless us. I noticed that her sign said bless “us.” Not bless “you.” And she did pray for us both. It hasn’t been an easy spring. Not in Paris. Not …

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from Margo Berdeshevsky IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD…or WAS IT THE IMAGE? Before the winter insisted on being all it’s about, I had thought, I’ll send this letter beginning with a shot-in-a-mirror self portrait: Margo, photog-with-graffiti, in Paris. But next, and quickly, I’d meditate on the following words: Is That A Gun In Your …

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Beauty and Its Blade: A Review of Margo Berdeshevsky’s Beautiful Soon Enough

Readers were introduced to Margo Berdeshevsky’s rich use of language with her collection of poetry, But a Passage in Wilderness, in 2007. Her recent foray into fiction with the publication of Beautiful Soon Enough demonstrates that she has not abandoned poetry. In this winner of FC2’s American Book Review /Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, published by The University of Alabama Press, we continue to encounter lyricism, fresh imagery and classical allusions, a language that reflects a poet’s sensibility. Comprised of twenty-three stories, ranging in length from one to eight pages, these are artfully sculpted fictions conveyed with astonishing phrasing, yet transmitted with relative ease.

Paris, Ground Level

Letter From Paris in March

From Margo Berdeshevsky Notes from this side of the Seine: Paris, winter rides into spring, 2011     Dear ones, Winter was “icumin in, laude sing goddam.” Well it did. And hence,  a quiet winter season where one wanted to hide, mostly, and think of nothing. Except perhaps a solarized and pewter river. Or the …

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Letter from Paris in November

from Margo Berdeshevsky Paris, late autumn, 2010   Dear Ones: I’ve been on the road these recent days. But carrying my European and Parisian-influenced mentality with me along the way, I aver. I won’t comment here on the endless French strikes; or even on the most recent American losses; there is and has been more …

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Letter From Paris In September

from Margo Berdeshevsky Paris, autumn 2010: King Lear: O, reason not the need! Our basest beggars Are in the poorest thing superfluous. Allow not nature more than nature needs, Man’s life is cheap as beast’s. Thou art a lady: If only to go warm were gorgeous, Why, nature needs not what thou gorgeous wear’st Which …

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Letter from Paris in June

from Margo Berdeshevsky Paris in June has many—but one—particularly small and yet  grand event: Le Marché de la Poésie, a country-fair type idyllic market place, in the middle of the city of light—for poetry. Not the football field size convention center fairs the USA has in large numbers; not the AWP with its 9000 wishing …

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