The poetry in Terrestrial Music has been inspired by Pablo Neruda, Thomas McGrath, Muriel Rukeyser, and Martin 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.
John Bradley is the author of Love-In-Idleness: The Poetry of Roberto Zingarello, which won the Washington Prize. He is the editor of Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (Coffee House Press) and Learning to Glow: A Nuclear Reader (University of Arizona Press). He teaches writing at Northern Illinois University and lives in DeKalb, Illinois, with his wife, Jana, and cat, Luna.