Praise for Somewhere Between
“In these fiercely intelligent meditations on kith, kin, and all manner of worldly wonders and bewilderments, Jon Ballard has mastered ‘tricky feats / of workmanship’ while still managing to fit in ‘the heart’s desire / and a soul’s stirring.’ His poems in Somewhere Between are, quite simply, a revelation.”
Author of Subterranean Red (Mongrel Empire
Press) and Burn (Woodley Press)
"…the[se] poems are the work of a mature poet, both narrative and lyric, with a fine linguistic flair…in Jon Ballard's Somewhere Between we find battles with the futile and carefully won moments of peace delivered in pin-point narratives mixed with dour and wistful lyrics about relationships lost, family present and past. There's an elegiac tone in many of the poems, a retrospective delivered with persistence, and the reader is offered apologies in both senses: in notes that describe and stand against the sweep of failure at the same time they defend, in the midst of less, the tenuous and beautiful. This is a book of good, hard work, well worth our time."
--Edward Haworth Hoeppner, author of Ancestral Radio (Word Press) and Blood Prism (The Ohio State University Press), winner of the 2011 Charles B. Wheeler Prize.
Publisher: Finishing Line Press