The poems in BY THE WAY range widely in mood and subject, from the tentative new love of "Firefly" or stark emotion of A Season in Cancer to the more light-hearted romance of a '74 Dodge Dart. The central motif is life's journey, outward and inward. Through the undulating grasses of Kansas, audience questions on The Phil Donahue Show, and shimmering colors of the exotic Middle East, Radavich takes us exploring and experiencing: a poetic world of variety, rhythm, and lyrical power.
"David Radavich demonstrates how he has found the perfect poetic technique for the expression of his unfailingly interesting take on life. This is splendidly controlled free verse which takes the reader into fascinating alleyways that resolve themselves into neatly, though never glibly, turned conclusions. There are many "Yes, yes, that's exactly how it is" poems . . . (Orbis, Summer 1998)