Poetry George Witte The Apparitioners

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The Apparitioners

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The poems of The Apparitioners explore the boundaries between us and the world we have colonized, where we find ourselves unsettled by some mystery that cannot be owned. A father tries to calm his daughter, who is troubled by night visitors after a schoolmate is carried away. Having purchased his ideal home in a planned development, a man confronts past ghosts and his own doubts about belonging. And a woman nearly killed by stroke struggles to recover her place in her family and community, but finds welcome from a surprising host. Longer narratives alternate with lyrics that through close observation seek out the natural world, a presence that on occasion offers us a glimpse of purpose. Moving between poles of assurance and unease, secrecy and revelation, The Apparitioners is a noteworthy debut.

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"George Witte is a metaphysician of the suburbs, alert to the heights and depths that inhere in everyday life.... This is a lovely, auspicious debut." -Willard Spiegelman

"Out of the shared wounds and joys, the inner weather and the outer, the world we live in and the one we dream about, George Witte makes poems that are marked by a rare clarity and accessibility." --George Garrett

"George Witte's intensity of intelligence burns down scenes to their forms, perceiving a play of mischief and meaning in the marvelously ordinary. He is the best kind of formalist, a Stevensonian sort for whom paradigms emerge from randomness....His linguistic glow, around a larger patterning, is rare and original. Read him." -James Applewhite

"The Apparitioners presents a complex but bracingly clear view of a world where apparent ease and security are undermined by apprehension, by a certain but undefined knowledge that forces dark and deep are destroying the underpinnings of contemporary life....Here is a remarkable achievement, thoughtful, skillful, and above all, original. Here is a volume that will be admired--and trusted." -Fred Chappell

About the Author:

George Witte is the author of three books of poems: Does She Have a Name? (NYQ Books, 2014), Deniability (Orchises Press, 2009), and The Apparitioners (Orchises Press, 2005).  His poems have been published widely, anthologized in Best American Poetry, and received Poetry magazine's Frederick Bock Prize.   The editor in chief of St. Martin's Press, he lives with his wife and their two daughters in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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