George Witte

George Witte
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George Witte is the author of Does She Have a Name? (NYQ Books, May 2014) , Deniability (Orchises Press,2009) and The Apparitioners (Three Rail Press,2005; now distributed by Orchises Press) . His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Antioch Review, Boulevard, Gettysburg Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Yale Review, and in The Best American Poets 2007 anthology. He received Poetry's Frederick Bock Prize for a group of poems, and a fellowship from the New Jersey Council for the Arts/Department of State. more »

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No photograph records
that day's unmaking roar.

Things ripped from skins,
words from definitions.

Letters distilled until

whistles, clicks, thrummed diphthongs
an underwater song

too deep for human ears.
We wept, or cursed in fear,

beseeched unanswered phones
Please God, alone,

walked home in single file.
The broken and defiled

crept close within our space,
affording grace

we disregarded, lost:
two beams a blackened cross,

missing person fliers,
watch warped by fire.


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