The poetry in Terrestrial Music has been inspired by Pablo Neruda, Thomas McGrath, Muriel Rukeyser, and MartAn Espada. In lyrics that explore issues that affect our daily lives, such as ecology, gecide, hunger, nuclear damage, and violence, John Bradley t 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.
Born in Brooklyn, John Bradley lived in various U. S. states and in Germany in his youth since his family moved frequently. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he performed two years of alternate service. Currently he teaches English at Northern Illinois University.