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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"

another:

"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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