Terrestrial Music

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ISBN 978-1-931896-28-3
Publication Date
September 2006
Page Count
94 pages
Trim Size
5.9 x 9

Terrestrial Music

John Bradley

The poetry in Terrestrial Music has been inspired by Pablo Neruda, Thomas McGrath, Muriel Rukeyser, and Martín Espada. In lyrics that explore issues that affect our daily lives, such as ecology, genocide, hunger, nuclear damage, and violence, John Bradley not only celebrates the beauty of earth and the redeeming power of nature, but also confronts social injustice and fully explores the impact of the industrial uses of radium with detailed historical anecdotes and documentation. These poems identify one common source of strength: the earth is part of our identity, our body, and our soul.
About the Author

John Bradley is a poet and playwright. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he performed two years of alternate service. For his writing, he is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Art Fellowships and a Pushcart Prize. He currently teaches at Northern Illinois University.


"From the historical and technical to the lyrical...he is able to surprise us as we turn the pages." 

— The Main Street Rag

"Bradley's poems remind us what the true role of a modern poet needs to be."

— The Bloomsbury Review

"John Bradley's Terrestrial Music embodies the minor triumphs and enormous despairs of our Atomic Century." 

— Maggie Jaffe