My Doctor and Other Poems by Tali Cohen Shabtai

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Don’t miss the work of Tali Cohen Shabtai! She is an Israeli poet with depth and intrigue in her work. Come take a look at the poetry she shares with us today!

My Doctor/Tali Cohen Shabtai

I have
My own “Thousand”
Carring your signture.

I wear them as an amulet–

Much like Umm Kulthum’s scarf amulet
The one she carried at every performance,
With a Thousand seeds of Parisian cocIne in it

I walk with them–

Like the thousand chemicals
In the poison that
Nietzsche carried permanently
In his pocket

But I don’t praise it–

So don’t ever try to train my brains
To be pleased
You know my heroes,
I was happy before I knew them

Before I barely knew
The difference between you and
A passer-by.

Positive Psychology /Tali Cohen Shabtai

Giving thanks is the understanding we
Won something not necessary we
Deserve it

And a grace is the theological term –
To thanks giving, it’s a free gift

I have failed in this subject and confessed
That he hasn’t rested me of
Empty words
Another exploded admonishment.

A loop\Tali Cohen Shabtai

The thought getting stuck
Like a plaster
On a dried
Healed bybmorning
And secrets pus
Till tomorrow


Tali Cohen Shabtai, is a poet, she was born in Jerusalem, Israel. She began writing poetry at the age of six, she had been an excellent student of literature. She began her writings by publishing her impressions in the school’s newspaper. Frst of all she published her poetry in a prestigious literary magazine of Israel ‘Moznayim’ when she was fifteen years old.

Tali has written three poetry books: Purple Diluted in a Black’s Thick, (bilingual 2007), Protest (bilingual 2012) and Nine Years Away From You (2018).

Tali’s poems expresses spiritual and physical exile. She is studying her exile and freedom paradox, her cosmopolitan vision is very obvious in her writings. She lived some years in Oslo Norway and in the U.S.A. She is very prominent as a poet with a special lyric, “she doesn’t give herself easily, but subject to her own rules”.

Tali studied at the “David Yellin College of Education” for a bachelor’s degree. She is a member of the Hebrew Writers Association and the Israeli Writers Association in the state of Israel.

In 2014, Cohen Shabtai also participated in a Norwegian documentary about poets’ lives called “The Last Bohemian”- “Den Siste Bohemien”,and screened in the cinema in Scandinavia. By 2020, her fourth book of poetry will be published which will also be published in Norway. Her literary works have been translated into many languages as well.

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