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American Life in Poetry: Orchard

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By Ted Kooser

My grandmother Moser made wonderful cherry pies from fruit from a tree just across the road from her house, and I have loved fruit trees ever since. A cherry tree is all about giving. Here's a poem by Nathaniel Perry, who lives in Virginia, giving us an orchard made of words.


Remaking a Neglected Orchard

It was a good idea, cutting away

the vines and ivy, trimming back

the chest-high thicket lazy years

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