FNS: Listening to Shostakovich from David Radavich


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

but what thought!
Platonic and unrelenting.

Violins under the
celli, terrorist clarinets,


more war dead.

Bombs strike
more than chords.

Eyes bloom everywhere.

At the same time

at its ease

sipping some dose
of aphrodisiac

to forget
to love

in a time of fear.

The fog hasn’t cleared.

by the state leads

the self
into perfect


suffering in air
a whole


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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