When You Went Missing by David Radavich When You Went Missing In Rome I had a habit of getting lost— which fountain, which park? You were nowhere to be found, no cell phone that worked, no visage among the villagers, just wandering like mice in the labyrinths where I could not sing to you, nor yell, nor tell you where or who I am. Still, the ambience was radiant and we were desperate. Desperate to reunite, to find ourselves again. Eventually, in the milling crowd you emerged like Venus from the foam— not naked, but new in this ancient city of dreams and nightmares, impossibly beautiful spires and sculptures, tantalizing food and drink now awaiting us in a charming trattoria with checkered tablecloths and a padrone with florid stories and wine like blood given for us.
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Among David Radavich’s poetry collections are two epics, AMERICA BOUND (2007) and AMERICA ABROAD (2019), as well as MIDDLE-EAST MEZZE (2011) and THE COUNTRIES WE LIVE IN (2014). His plays have been performed across the U.S., including six Off-Off-Broadway, and in Europe. His latest book is UNTER DER SONNE / UNDER THE SUN: German and English Poems from Deutscher Lyrik Verlag (2022).