FNS: Listening to Shostakovich from David Radavich

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Every Friday night we will feature a short story, essay, personal narrative,
poem, spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Helen Presents: a poem from David Radavich


It’s the end of the world—
or maybe not.

You decide.

Secret police
record your every
thought—

but what thought!
Platonic and unrelenting.

Violins under the
celli, terrorist clarinets,

trumpets
announcing

more war dead.

Bombs strike
more than chords.

Eyes bloom everywhere.

At the same time
lushness

at its ease

sipping some dose
of aphrodisiac

to forget
to love

in a time of fear.

The fog hasn’t cleared.

Abasement
by the state leads

the self
into perfect

clouds

suffering in air
a whole

century.


David Radavich has published a number of poetry collections and has had plays performed across the U.S. and in Europe. His latest book is THE COUNTRIES WE LIVE IN (2014).

His poem “Night Music” is forthcoming in our music issue.

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