Poem of the Week: “The Peach Orchard” by Jon Ballard

By: Edward Byrne Last Updated: July 20, 2010

vprThe VPR Poem of the Week is Jon Ballard’s “The Peach Orchard,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue (Volume VIII, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Jon Ballard has had work appear in Boxcar Poetry Review, Poetry Midwest, Riverrun, Soundings, Stone Table Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, and other literary magazines. He is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including Lonesome (Pudding House Press). A native of Michigan and occasional literature instructor for Oakland Community College, he currently lives in Mexico City.

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