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Jan 13 2019
The High Mountain Meadow Poetry Series featuring George Witte & Josh Humphrey

Poets George Witte and Josh Humphrey read from their work for The High Mountain Meadow Poetry Series, sponsored by the North Jersey Literary Community.

George Witte's three collections are Does She Have a Name?,  Deniability, and The Apparitioners.  His poems have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, Old Flame, Rabbit Ears, and The Doll Collection; new poems are in journals including Antioch Review, The Hopkins Review, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, and The Yale Review.    A native of Madison, New Jersey, he lives in Ridgewood and works as an editor at St. Martin's Press. 

Josh Humphrey's first collection is Afterlife, a chapbook that includes photography by his father, Bill Humphrey.   His poems have been anthologized in Rabbit Ears, Meta-Land, and in the Rutherford Red Wheelbarrow, and appeared in journals including The Paterson Literary Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, Sensations Magazine, Lullwater Review, and The New Plains Review.   He is Director of the Kearny Public Library and lives in Kearny, NJ. 

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Violence of signs beyond the pale. Stasis
Has its own way, the hard work, the violence. 
Convalesce, convalesce in the green green
World, in which you could hardly walk,
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