Friday 17 July 2020

Femme Fatale by Tali Cohen Shabtai

I enjoy being this kind
Of Femme Fatale

To be pleased over a poem
And not over a man

On my way
I do not leave
Any traces
Of my virginal womb

They wonder
If I behave
The way I live
My poetry
Much more

I show them things that
You'd only show to

They want
To learn Hebrew
And taste
My poetry

I decided to impose
Their words upon
My symbols

They're always
When I do so.


Tali Cohen Shabtai is an Israeli poet. Born in Jerusalem, she began writing poetry at the age of six. At the age of fifteen her poems appeared in Moznayim, a prestigious Israeli magazine. She has written three books of of poetry since then, the most recent of them being Nine Years Away From You (2018). She spent some years in Oslo and the USA and her poems are noted for expressing spiritual and physical exile. Her work has been translated into many languages.

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