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Monday, September 12, 2011


by David Radavich

Photo credit: New York Skyline

Can we choose
not to remember?

Push rewind
and pretend our world
has not been tilted?

History has a way
of driving forward whether
we’re driving
or just passengers,

a road stony
and crumbling

smooth as oil

just laid down
in the sand.

I’m not going back
to towers

and lifting
bodies back up

to their windows.

That blue sky
can never

be unclouded.

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.