If millions lose their health care, will anyone hear
in the forest
of the innocents?
Gravity will run upward like a cyclone
sweeping all before it,
the apple will go skyborne from the grass
into the golden leaves,
thousands will stand
outside the orbit
of hospitals, clinics, doctors,
the chemistry of addiction will grow inward—
to arteries and minds
and communities of death
that whiten the wealthy
and whirl into space
all dignity and justice and love.
David Radavich’s poetry collections have often revolved around political themes: America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (2007), Middle-East Mezze (2011), and The Countries We Live In (2014). His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. A cycle of plays called On the Verge focuses on various aspects of violence in our time. He has published numerous informal and scholarly essays and performed in a variety of countries, including Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, and Iceland. David has served as president of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Charlotte Writers’ Club, and North Carolina Poetry Society.
David teaches “Speaking Out: Poetry as Political Speech,” March 14, 2018, 10am-1pm at Charlotte Lit. More Info / Register