Individual Author Record
Name: David RadavichPen Name: None Genre: Born: October 30, 1949 in Boston Massachusetts Sites:
Illinois ConnectionDavid was a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University and lived in Charleston, Illinois. In 2009 he retired and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, though he still maintains some ties to Illinois.
Biographical and Professional InformationRadavich is a poet, playwright and teacher. Since the mid-1980's, he has been a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University.
- Slain Species, Court Poetry Press, 1980
- By The Way: Poems Over the Years, Buttonwood Press, 1998
- America Bound: An Epic for Our Time, Plain View Press, 2007
Titles At Your Library
Slain Species: A Selection of Poems
ISBN: 090601025X Court Poetry Press. 1980 Poetry lovers will appreciate Radavich's range of elegiac contemplation in this haunting collection, comprised of both formal and free verse and drawing on his experiences from living in Aberdeen, Scotland and traveling on the Continent. The cover design is by James Hall Johnson, Dundee. Selected poems include: One fish is dead the tide, breaking web and warrior proud stalks: that August stirs the red moon on the heath and MANY MORE.
By the Way: Poems over the Years
ISBN: 096580450X Buttonwood Pr. 1998
America Bound: An Epic for Our Time
ISBN: 1891386689 Plain View Press. 2007 In this richly polyphonic text, Radavich couples narrative verse with interlocking dramatic monologues to deliver a revisionist history of America since the second World War - an account across generations so inclusive as to seem Whitmanesque - encompassing personal and national identities, conscience and community. 'I hear the voices of America,' writes Radavich, and through them AMERICA BOUND renders a cultural landscape altered in the wake of the Twentieth Century. By 'listening to the voices of those who lived simply for themselves and others in the heartland of their history,' voices aching to be heard, we sense how their stories are also ours, and their questions - 'Where do we all go from here?' - the ones we must live by.
Christian Knoeller, poet, author of COMPLETING THE CIRCLE
AMERICA BOUND rests firmly in a tradition of dramatic lives rendered through poetry, especially Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters. David Radavich paints lovely portraits that fill an American town with rich and moving lives.
Patricia Clark, poet, author of MY FATHER ON A BICYCLE
This is poetry that matters. Radavich has a dramatist's gift of being able to evoke character with only a few words from a speaker's mouth: these are poems that come from the tongue, and like intimate, personal speech, invite us to speak back. Though the speakers reflect social movements and economic booms and busts, they are never abstractions or simply victims, but people telling their stories of gains and losses in ways that invite compassion, respect, and fellow feeling. This book makes me hopeful for the future of American poetics as part of our political discourse, as part of a common life that binds our diverse interests. If more poets had Radavich's ambition - to write for a broad audience, instead of only a few to write about the world we live in and what we owe to others - then we would see people everywhere with poems in their pockets and in their briefcases.
Leonora Smith, poet, author of SPACIAL RELATIONS