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Today You Can Be the Captain Of Your Own Coffin-Boat by Davka
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"davka", the poet's chosen name, means "despite everything" - in Hebrew? She's someone I 'know' personally somewhat. The implication, to me, of the name is that, "despite everything", she perseveres.. & is strong.. & expresses herself. It wd be too easy here for me to say: "Oh, she's had such & such a life, she does this & that, that's what the poetry shows." Instead, I'll just say that the poetry is simple & forceful & mostly seems to be about interpersonal relations. One poem begins:

"my friends are poets and thieves
they save their say for the stage
and steal my belief
in something beyond metaphor"


"I feel as if right now
we're holding hands
while you bare guns
and bite down hard
on tolerance."

and another:

"if I had his sadness in a tin-cup,
shaking it in the streets,
no one would drop their change."

These seem to be the poems of a person who sees much of the world in a harsh light but still softens things with willful sentimentality. She doesn't want lies, she wants feelings that can be trusted.

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Started Reading
March 1, 2007 – Finished Reading
April 9, 2008 – Shelved
April 9, 2008 – Shelved as: poetry

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