Fairy Tale Review Web Issue
In collaboration with Justin Runge of Blue Hour Press, this is the online supplement to the Red Issue of Fairy Tale Review, which collects poetry and fiction inspired by and exploring fairy tales. FTR is edited by Kate Bernheimer and Alissa Nutting.
Margo Berdeshevsky’s book, Beautiful Soon Enough, received Fiction Collective Two’s American Book Review/ Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award and was published by University of Alabama Press in 2009. She is the author of a poetry collection, But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press, 2007) and a forthcoming novel, Vagrant (Red Hen Press). I particularly love a line written by Jean Cocteau that says: “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” For me—fairy tale is that place where the poetic and the lie/truth/lie/truth . . . meet. A poetic, often metaphoric telling—which leads me through the maze like a golden thread to my own truths, while I/we accept it as mere story. How could it be nearly true? And then we know that it is. This continues to fascinate me. While fairy tale is that place where fiction lets in the poetic, to invoke the more ecstatic or non-linear realities.