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It So

by John Witte

happens         this

being so          and so forth

so little time          so as to          feeling

so unsure          must it be so          broken up

febrile          freakish this          halting so

much so what          now it seems so

to speak so          help me


John Witte’s poems have appeared widely, in publications such as The New Yorker, Paris Review, and American Poetry Review, and have been included in The Norton Introduction to Literature, among several anthologies. He is the author of Loving the Days (Wesleyan University Press, 1978), The Hurtling (Orchises Press, 2005), and Second Nature (University of Washington Press, 2008). He is also the editor of numerous books, including The Collected Poems of Hazel Hall (Oregon State University Press, 2000). The recipient of two writing fellowships from the NEA, a residency at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and other grants and awards, he lives with his family in Eugene, Oregon, where he teaches literature at the University of Oregon. (1/2011)

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