This wide-ranging collection of poems explores the inner and outer geographies of human life. Not only physical travel but also love and disease and politics and popular culture, whose contours we learn by necessity as we explore the terrains given to us.
Radavich's poetry is adventurous and wide-ranging. He is the author of Slain Species (Court Poetry, ), By the Way: Poems over the Years (Buttonwood, 1998), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House, 2000). His plays have been performed across the London U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway productions, and in Europe. America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View, 2007) narrates history from World War II to the present from the perspective of everyday Americans, while Canonicals (Finishing Line, 2009) investigates “love’s hours.” Middle-East Mezze (Plain View, 2011) explores a troubled yet enchanting part of our world. U.S.
Radavichhas published academic and informal essays on poetry and drama and has read his work in a variety of locations, including Canada, England, Egypt, Germany, Greece, and . Winner of numerous awards, he has served as president of The Thomas Wolfe Society and the Charlotte Writers Club and is poetry editor of Deus Loci. Iceland
The Countries We Live In. What
a wonderful title. Of course it means
geographical places like
“I don’t want to take your time / for what is not essential.” Lean, clean-lined, economical—yes. But the poems in The Countries We Live In are
not minimalist. They do not evade their
subjects; they are not wisps and hints.
Here are piercing observations, wild surmises, pulsing thoughts,
“adventure and test,” often with a sharp spice of humor. David
—Fred Chappell, former Poet Laureate of
Radavichreveals The Countries We Live In with an all-seeing and wry eye and tender sensitivity. In this collection of lyrical journeys from such disparate places as war-torn 1975 Belfastto sun-kissed Corfu, Radavichsavors the beauty of nature and the mysteries of human nature. From our wheat-gold Midwest to , where the “moon pulled down its scythe,” poems examine the splendor and the heartache of our lives, how each day “lovers recover their skin.” The music that moves these poems is the lonely dance, the human condition his words so honestly portray. Loss and desire are ever near from sonnets to politics, from the love of guns to objects that “hide us from ourselves.” With Pawleys Island Radavich, we travel the “heady wine of sea and history,” and when we close these pages, we are “heavy with departing” and ready to begin again.
—Diana Pinckney, author of Alchemy