King David: Antithetical Identities,
March 23, 2014
This review is from: Rise to Power (The David Chronicles) (Kindle Edition)
In Uvi Poznansky’s visionary imagination, words become brushstrokes to paint and sculpt David in his antithetical identities of poet/musician and warrior. This is a rare expose of this complex man’s personality and character: the juxtaposition of giant killer, cave refugee and crowned monarch. Despite understanding that people follow him because his image is larger than life, David lives with a persistent fear of losing control, as happened to Saul. He compartmentalizes the poet/musician so he can become a hardened killer and perfected ruler. As taut as a bow string and poetic as the string of the harp, Poznansky grips the contradictions of David’s vision of power in opposition to a future impotency. Impelled by these paradigms are behaviors of denial and prayers of abandoned faith. Believing God is his protector, he is yet constantly besieged by enemies. Women are among the enemies, as he allows himself to be seduced for others’ agendas. Judaic law informs his intelligence and actions, as in his mercy to Saul, but Poznansky depicts them as desires for his own salvation. Surrounding and emanating throughout all is the creative aura of David’s music and words, inspired in their uniqueness according to life events as a time traveler spanning past and future, even into our own era.