Poem of the Week: “‘July, 1935-1943’ (from a painting by Charles Burchfield)” by John Ruff

By: Edward Byrne Last Updated: July 6, 2010

vprThe VPR Poem of the Week is John Ruff’s “‘July, 1935-1943’ (from a painting by Charles Burchfield),” which appeared in the Fall/Winter 1999-2000 issue (Volume I, Number 1) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

John Ruff is the poetry editor of The Cresset journal. His work has appeared in a variety of literary magazines, including Poetry Northwest, River City, Seattle Review, Seneca Review, and Xavier Review. “‘July, 1935-1943’ (From a Painting by Charles Burchfield)” was also published in an anthology of poems and paintings, A Poetic Vision: Poets’ Responses to the Artwork of Charles Burchfield, released by the Brauer Museum of Art in association with its exhibition of Burchfield’s lifetime of works. John Ruff teaches in the English department at Valparaiso University, and he serves as director of the university general education CORE program.

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