Margo Berdeshevsky’s poetry collection Before the Drought was published by Glass Lyre Press on September 15, 2017; cover art by Margo Berdeshevsky; design & layout by Steven Asmussen; and copyediting by Linda E Kim.
speak cries like a dove; and the queen who now stutters begins the slaughter of an innocent and very compliant animal.
After the violent slaughter, thenightingale remembers its role in the opera and sings, but it is not the song of the nightingale but the song of a dove, symbolizing mourning. In the last stanza we learn who the real sacrifice is.
Berdeshevsky read this specific piece and responded via email: “Thank you, Christal, for your insights. As an author, I have a core belief...once written, my poems belong to their readers, no longer mine to interpret or comment on another reader's understanding. They take flight and belong to each reader. So all I must do is thank you for your caring commentary. I would only add this, if I may: In your summation, you write, "Berdeshevsky’s Before the Drought isn’t about finding the answers or solving the problems – but this: to never forget, to never stop questioning, to always remember, to always fight for justice, to always hope, and to always love.” That is a more optimistic take on the book as a whole, perhaps. The book comes in dire times, with a perhaps darker vision. At this juncture, globally, we need one another more than ever before, and, we need to speak out according to our gifts, such as they may be. I will try to be a voice in my time. And that voice says simply this: Before the Drought is a book for the breaths and cries and whispers of our shared now. I am hopeful that it will reach both the minds and hearts of many.”