Sunday, May 31, 2015

Chuckled in guilty understanding and laughed out loud

Wanda "Panda" Hartzenberg is a top rated reviewer, and the author of The Struggle of Me. She is also a high-ranking reviewer on Goodreads. So I am deeply honored that she posted this review for my novel, Rise to Power:

on May 31, 2015
Until yesterday I was convinced I have read and reviewed this book before.
I started it and finished it in one sitting. The prose are truly like poetry in motion.

Not at all the David I came to know from the Bible and at the same time exactly like the man that fathered nations and religions.

I gasped in shock. Chuckled in guilty understanding and laughed out loud at life from the point of view of David. Not so much a hero here, much more a man. But then, hero's are created post life and this David is very much alive.

Imaginatively sculpted with words

Here is a short a sweet review by Lori Lopez, the author of many books of lovely quirky writing, for my book, Twisted:

Artistic!May 29, 2015
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This is a very short yet intriguing collection loosely bound by a common theme. All of the tales are imaginatively sculpted with words by the author-artist, and there is a sense of the characters taking shape, struggling through various trials in a three-dimensional manner. I found it unusual and captivating.

Friday, May 29, 2015

If only I had died instead of you!

Meanwhile, the second runner arrives, a dark skinned young men with an Egyptian accent. 
“My lord the king,” the Cushite calls out, “hear me, hear the good news! The Lord has vindicated you today by delivering you from the hand of all who rose up against you.”
To his surprise, and mine as well, I care nothing about how the battle developed, and how victory was achieved. Instead, all I want to know is one thing, and one thing only. “Is the young man Absalom safe?”
The Cushite raises his hand, and with a cruel glint in his eye and a slicing gesture across his throat, he starts laughing. Perhaps he hopes  to sweep me into his bloodthirsty joy. 
I cover my eyes so as not to see him, but I cannot stop myself from hearing his voice, saying, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man.”
At that, I am badly shaken. 
I go up to the room over the gateway and close the door behind me, and clap a hand over my mouth, clap it tightly to stop myself from uttering these gruff sounds, these sobs. 
This is not the first time I find myself in the presence of death. I mourned for friends and for enemies, and managed to shape my feelings into the most eloquent eulogies, articulating the meaning of grief for large audiences. I knew they needed to wash themselves of sorrow, by devoting a moment to remember the departed, and vow to keep him in their thoughts forever, before allowing him to be forgotten. 
I used to enjoy expressing myself, even in sadness. Yet now, the only cries that come bursting out of me are so violent, so forceful, that they are nearly devoid of language. 
“Oh my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom!”
I thrust my crown across the floor till it clangs, clangs, clangs. And to that sound I collapse into the corner, and press my lips like a lover  against the stone wall, letting its coldness seep into me.
“If only I had died instead of you! Oh Absalom, my son, my son!”


I have no idea how much time has passed since I closed myself in this place. From time to time the door starts screeching on its hinges, as someone comes in. He brings in food, which I know because the plate rattles against the surface of the floor, before his footfalls fade away. Whoever he is I grant him nothing, not even as much as a glance, and I leave the food untouched.
Yet even as I want to be left alone, I find myself dreading my loneliness.

My heart pounds, my strength fails me. 
Even the light has gone from my eyes. 
My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds. 

My neighbors stay far away.


David in The Edge of Revolt

My novel is greatly inspired by art of all ages, and here you can see two of the art pieces that depict the moment of Absalom's death, in two very different perspectives. The first piece, a beautiful etching by the French artist Gustave DorĂ©, the moment is depicted with a great, dramatic thrust. You can see only a silhouette of the victim, hanging by his hair from the tree, still alive, still twitching, until the attackers (in the foreground) will arrive to pierce his heart. 

The second piece, done in green silk with foil-wrapped threads, is deceptively, eerily quiet, with a beautiful landscape encompassing it all. The victim is in the center, the attacker at the right, but the real drama happens in the heart of the king, who is waiting at the very top for news, to hear if his son is still alive.



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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

A Great Story

A short and sweet review of A Favorite Son:

on April 3, 2015
A great story based on ancient scriptures the author takes us to the biblical period and sweeps us a fascinating story, modern contemporary version. Delightful and exciting. I read the book from beginning to end Unable to stop... Warm recommendation

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Bathsheba, a soldier's wife

I sit at the edge of the bed, utterly fascinated by her beauty. Her lashes are long, they flutter over her cheeks, and her hair waves around her face with the rhythm of her steps. It glows like copper under the flaming sconces, but when she crosses in front of the window it turns blue against the moonshine. 
She glances at the collection of crowns, down there in my trunk, and leans in to touch some of them, perhaps to estimate their sizes, and the number of nations, the number of kings I conquered.
“Fine pieces,” I say, casually. “You can choose as many of them as you want.”
“No,” she says, drawling the word until it turns into a sigh. “I’m bored with it.”
“Are you? Bored with jewelry?”
By way of an answer she says, “After every battle Uriah brings me a little something, which he chooses for me out of the plunder, hoping I won’t refuse it this time.”
“Which you always do,” I say, half-asking.
“I have no use for such things.”
“Then, what is it you want?”
“Who knows,” she says, vaguely.
Aroused, this time by curiosity, “You must know,” I say.
“But,” she says, teasingly, “I’m not going to tell you. You, of all people, would never understand me.”
“Why not?”
“Because,” she says, waving a hand at the open trunk, where my treasures are strewn about, and at my bed.
“Because what?”
“You’ve been blessed. You possess so much that you can’t begin to appreciate your luck. So many things, so many victories, women, children.”
With that, she bends over a pile of maps and other scrolls of papyrus. 
Pushing them aside, Bathsheba fingers the surface of my desk, where my firstborn child, Amnon, carved a little face—perhaps of his half-sister, my precious baby, Tamar—into the wood. Bathsheba strokes the childish, uneven sketch, and brings her hand to her lips, cherishing the touch of it.
And it is then, at the sight of a tear welling in her eye, that I ask myself, What does this wooden surface, scarred as it is, mean to her? Is she moved by the expression of love, or by the face of a baby?
After so many years of marriage, with a husband as doting as Uriah, she is still without child. And with her reputation—about which she can do little, because she is, after all, a soldier’s wife—Bathsheba must have been with many men before me. Still, she is childless. How else can you explain this fact, but by assuming she is barren?
For other women this is a curse, but for her—for both of us—this may be a blessing in disguise. If she opens her arms to me and takes me in I would not have to be careful with her. We would take pleasure in each other, without having to worry about the consequences.

David in A Peek at Bathsheba

My trilogy, The David Chronicles, is greatly inspired by art. One of the most enjoyable artists on the subject of David and Bathsheba is the Dutch painter Ian Steen. He treats Bathsheba as a soldier's wife, a woman of questionable morality who  enjoys a drink at the local pub when her husband is away, serving his country on the frontline. Here are two paintings, in which he depicts the moment when she gets David's invitation to his chamber. In both paintings she seems a bit tipsy. Note the dog--symbol of being faithful--barking at her feet in the first painting, as she contemplates David's proposition to come to him... 


Bathsheba after the Bath by Ian Steen

Bathsheba receiving David's Letter by Ian Steen

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Friday, May 22, 2015

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Masterfully Written

Dennis Waller, filmmaker and author of several books, is recognized as an expert on spiritual experience, self-discovery, and exploring the human consciousness. He is also a Top 500 Amazon Reviewer, which is an amazing rank. I am honored that he posted this review for my novel, Apart From Love:

5 Masterfully Written, May 17, 2015
This review is from: Apart From Love (Kindle Edition)
Apart From Love by Uvi Poznansky is a testament that there are truly gifted writers out there that can create a masterpiece. Masterfully written, Apart From Love is a captivating tale told from two different perspectives giving it an air of wonder and giving the reader a fascinating journey. Not to give anything away and considering that there is an abundance of reviews giving insight into the storyline and plot, I'll save you the redundancy but I will say this, This is one of those tales that will stick with you, leaving with questions to ponder as to what exactly took place, especially in the mind of Lenny.

Monday, May 18, 2015

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A chat with Judith Barrow

Judith Barrow has BA (Hons) in Literature with the Open University, a Diploma in Drama from Swansea University and a MA in Creative Writing with Trinity College, Carmarthen. I am thrilled to visit her place, where she has a little chat with me about my upcoming novel. Check it out:


Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Monday, May 11, 2015

A Fighter Till the End

Michelle Bellon is a young yet prolific author. Her books, Embracing Me, Embracing You and Rogue Alliance,are a thrill to read, as she writes as easily in one genre as another. It feels so rewarding to find her review of my novel, The Edge of Revolt

5A Fighter Till the End, May 11, 2015
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"Whatever else I may have lost during the years of my decline, the instinct of a fighter is still in me, which I find amazing. I hope it will go on sustaining me to the end."

This quote from Uvi's 3rd installment of The David Chronicles sums up the entire read eloquently. As with the other novels, Poznansky delivers rich, vibrant characters who speak to the reader in real time. Such an approach to these biblical renditions bring tales of old to life in a way that gives them a vivid and authentic tone allowing the reader to feel and see every scene.

Uvi's poetic nature comes through the prose stronger than ever with this story as she pushes her character to his limits. David must navigate the tentative politics surrounding his leadership as drama unfolds around him. All the while, he faces the unrelenting mirror of his own mortality and the decisions he must make to stop a revolt and find his successor.

This is a beautifully told story. I recommend it highly.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

A Fine, Modern Shakespearean Tragedy

S. R Mallery has been a singer, a calligrapher, a quilt designer, and an ESL teacher.  
As a writer, history is her focus and is woven into her stories with a delicate thread. I am thrilled to read her review of my novel, Apart From Love:

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Using a lovely, lyrical prose, Uvi Poznansky gently guides the reader into the deep cavern of a dysfunctional family playing out their own form of a Shakespearean tragedy. The protagonists are four-fold: an emotionally detached father and in his wake, his emotionally bereft son; an ex-wife experiencing a serious illness, and a very young second wife, mopping up the messy pieces while struggling with her own past.

Not an easy scenario, yet Poznansky, along with beautiful descriptions, manages to portray each character with great depth and authenticity. Personally, my favorite leading figure was the second wife, Anita, who grew up with so little, yet in the midst of this highly educated and intimidating family, slowly displays her innate intelligence and ends up outshining them all. If you’re looking for a book that will make you think and offers you an in-depth study into human behavior, this is for you! Highly recommended.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

An amazing collection!

I am thrilled to discover this in-depth review of our boxed set, At Odds with Destiny:

on May 5, 2015
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What an amazing collection of varied genres, styles, authors and characters, and a great introduction to talented writers. So far, my favorites are Uvi Poznansky’s Rise to Power (biblical fiction), Brandt Legg’s Outview (science fiction/fantasy), and The Luck of the Weissensteiners by Christoph Fischer (historical fiction).

Uvi Poznasky’s “Rise to Power” is an adaptation of a familiar story from the Old Testament is unique and feels very modern. From the very first line of the prologue, the story drew me in, partly because of the masterful use of the first person by the author, and partly because of her engaging writing style. The scene of King David as a prisoner trying to escape and tell his story to liberate his soul is compelling and highly readable.And then the story gets even better. It has crisp and engaging dialogue, well-drawn characters and a unique plot. It was interesting for me to see the events from King David’s perspective and trace his journey from childhood to maturity and right into today’s time, making the story relevant and engaging for today’s readers. In this story, King David is not a mythical hero – he comes across as a real person, imperfect, flawed, and experiencing conflicting emotions – and that makes him so much more relatable, and his story – so much more compelling.

“Outview” by Brandt Legg makes the readers think about many philosophical concepts but presents them in a very accessible way. One such concept is that of awareness.The author Brandt Legg makes us question our own lives and consider how aware we really are of our surroundings, of others, and of ourselves – and that’s a great issue to ponder for a person of any age, teenagers included. Many ideas in this book and the eloquent way that the author expresses them feel like pearls of ancient wisdom in the modern world, and that’s incredibly appealing.Here’s just one such idea (out of many more that I loved): “The unseen world is enormously deeper and much more exciting than the human world, but when the two were combined it was a million times more fascinating.” This idea reminded me of the Little Prince, a character of one of my favorite childhood books by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who said that “eyes are blind. You have to look with your heart.” And isn’t that a great lesson for all of us, teenagers or not.

Christoph Fischer’s “The Luck of th Weissensteiners” is a beautifully told story filled with allegories and symbolism. At one point, Greta and Wilhelm are considering getting forged passports from a communist and a former customer of Wilhelm's bookshop. A passing phrase, "we know a lot about people by the kind of books they buy" immediately made me think of the power of books, a theme that runs strongly throughout this novel, and Hitler's multiple agencies that diligently worked at blacklisting, banning, and eliminating anything that could be construed as "un-German." Banning books and limiting information access - a terrifying but still very much present concept in today's world.

The author's portrayal of Greta as a "pawn in a political chess game" as she is trying to fit in but failing, feels very real. In Greta's case, with her Jewish background but lack of Jewish religion, a blond son, and a German husband, she just doesn't belong with either Jews or Germans. Nowhere seems safe for her in war-ravaged Europe. Greta's plight feels so real, I couldn't help but wonder if it's the author's own "ambiguous sense of belonging" in Bavaria (he was born in Germany from a mixed heritage marriage) shaped his understanding and emotional connection to Greta.

Monday, May 4, 2015

I touch my skin right under my breasts, where the little one’s curled

“What matters is only what’s here. I touch my skin right under my breasts, which is where the little one’s curled, and where he kicks, ‘cause he has to. Like, he don’t feel so cosy no more. Here, can you feel it? I reckon he wants me to talk to him. He can hear me inside, for sure. He can hear every note of this silvery music. 
It ripples all around him, wave after wave. I can tell that it’s starting to sooth him. It’s so full of joy, of delight, even if to him, it’s coming across somewhat muffled. Like a dream in a dream, it’s floating inside, into his soft, tender ear. 
I close my eyes and hold myself, wrapping my arms real soft—around me around him—and I rock ever so gently, back and forth, back and forth, with every note of this silvery marvel. You can barely hear me—but here I am, singing along. I’m whispering words into myself, into him.”


Anita in Apart From Love.




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What she is envisioning is motherhood, which is the subject of my scuplture by the same name. It is hard to imagine this is actually bronze, because the patina is made to look like marble. I polished the piece until it became completely smooth to the touch, as if nature--by gusts of wind and the flow of water--has buffed this rock over time, the way pebbles come to be. 

But in the back, I 'carved' into the piece, so as to make it look as if it has broken. This makes for an interesting balance, as if you try to make a rock stand on edge. But more importantly, it is symbolic, for self-sacrifice is the nature of motherhood.

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