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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Spouse And Issue

In this my will and testament I leave
all worldly goods to spouse, through you to her,
in complicated trust we can't conceive
without the tax attorney's sinecure
and bill.She's one, our salvaged miracle,
her life a file of specialists' reports,
each scan and MRI an oracle
portending nothing: no flaw, no surge short-
circuiting her brain, no apparent why.
We budget urgent care and special needs,
ensure sufficient income should we die
together or, divorced, succumb to greed.
Asleep, our issue shudders in your arms.
I sign in triplicate against more ...

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