Getting Out

David Radavich


                                                              Who can find

                                                                a way out

                                                                of this world,


                                                                its tangles,

                                                                its wrong turns

                                                                and high walls,


                                                                threat of destruction

                                                                and only the sun

                                                                high and distant

                                                                like an absent god?


                                                                The body as

                                                                a kind of box

                                                                with no exit


                                                                but this string

                                                                of life


                                                                given us

                                                                to follow with


                                                                and claim air

                                                                that welcomes us

                                                                into the open

                                                                realm of possibilities.





David Radavich’s latest narrative collection, America Abroad: An Epic of Discovery (2019) is a companion to his earlier America Bound: An Epic for Our Time (2007). Recent lyric collections are Middle-East Mezze (2011) and The Countries We Live In (2014). His plays have been performed across the U.S. and in Europe.