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Monday, June 13, 2011


by David Radavich

I am the sub-total
of what I buy.

Nothing personal,
but that’s what matters.

What corporations
are keeping track of.

Almost like the eye of God
weighing sins and merits,

for potential profit

in competing schemes
of doctrination.

I hardly know
what to say. 

Perhaps: Watch me,
study my every

and know
the partner of this dance

will step on ice.

David Radavich's new book of poems Middle-East Mezze (Plain View Press, 2011) focuses on Iraq, Palestine, and Egypt. Previous poetry publications include Canonicals: Love's Hours (Finishing Line, 2009),  America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (Plain View Press, 2007), Slain Species (Court Poetry Press, London), By the Way (Buttonwood Press, 1998), and Greatest Hits (Pudding House Press, 2000). His plays have been performed across the U.S. and abroad, including five Off-Off-Broadway productions. He also enjoys writing essays on poetry, drama, and contemporary issues.