George Witte Poems
- Uh-Oh No photograph records that day's unmaking ...
- Brightening Glance The gym's ball-light cast silhouettes, ...
- Hide And Seek Enough of hollow protocol. Persuaded by ...
- Just Cause A line is crossed, unnoticed by command But ...
- Night Tennis Asleep, my mother startles into flight: ...
- Ceremony The snake lay in state like a king Slabbed on ...
- Strays In nondescript cars of uncertain make anonymous ...
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,
we disregarded, lost:
two beams a blackened cross,
missing person fliers,
watch warped by fire.