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America Bound: An Epic for Our Time
Date of Review: 
Mar.02.2008
Reviewer: 
Karissa Scott
Source: 
BIG MUDDY

"Radavich's poetry resonates with sincerity and reveals a truth that speaks beyond the page. It is not poetry confined to the most intellectual of circles where only the greatest artistry is appreciated, but accessible poetry of profound reflections on our changing nation . . . .

America Bound grows more and more riveting as you are invested in the characters. In what plays out more like a novel or play, the characters reach through the pages with their struggles and humor.

Readers converse with the characters as Radavich cleverly crafts overlapping stories that place the individual into perspective with larger-scale worldly issues of war (from World War II through the war with Iraq), feminism, the Civil Rights movement, and AIDS. Connections between the different speakers of the poems reveal an intimate portrait of various walks in tumultuous American life. The characters are our neighbors, forgotten classmates, and coworkers. Their conflicts are not aggrandized; their musings reflect our own struggles and observations . . . .

Radavich's poetry matters and speaks to readers without pretense to show that the personal is, indeed, political." -- Big Muddy 7:2 (2007)