A week ago today marked the 10th anniversary of the December 26, 2004 tsunami that hit Indonesia. The Tsunami Notebook is poet Margo Berdeshevsky’s record of that tragic event. Please click on the Vimeo link below to watch this moving montage.

Berdeshevsky writes: The Tsunami Notebook was made after the monstrous wave that devastated Aceh and so many other shores on December 26 2004. It is a montage that contains images of the immediate aftermath, the ruin to land and to human and all life forms from that wave and its suites. I have a dearest friend, Robin Lim, who was and is a midwife in Indonesia. She was called to create a survivors clinic there. It has lasted for the ten years. It is known as Yayasan Bumi Sehat Aceh. She reached out to me to come and help with my camera and my hands and my heart. With fear yet a willingness to answer, I was on the next flight to Sumatra. My time there was life changing. After one has witnessed nothing less than the end of the world — all else can only be a beginning.


Margo Berdeshevsky often lives in Paris. Her poetry collections are Between Soul and Stone and But a Passage in Wilderness (Sheep Meadow Press). Her Beautiful Soon Enough (University of Alabama Press), a book of illustrated stories, received FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Award. Other honors include the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, the & Now Anthology of the Best of Innovative Writing, Pushcart Prize nominations and Pushcart “special mention” citations, a poem for the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-for-a-day [selected by the chancellors]. Her work is published in Europe and the United States. A new poetry manuscript, Square Black Key and a multi-genre novel, Vagrant, are forthcoming. She was born in New York City, where she had a first career as an actress. Today, she can be found reading from her books in London, Paris, and New York. ‪http://margoberdeshevsky.blogspot.com‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬