John Witte’s poetry collection, Second Nature, teems with expertly realized lyrics, monologues, narratives, and poems based on historical figures from Ovid to Janis Joplin.
Whatever the subject of our study, the object is the same: learning to live our lives more entirely and intentionally.
My primary interest is in poetry, including ecopoetry and works in translation, as well as the literature of the Northwest.
My own poems have appeared widely, in publications such as The New Yorker, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and American Poetry Review, and in numerous anthologies, among them The Norton Introduction to Literature.
My books are Second Nature (University of Washington Press, 2008), The Hurtling (Orchises Press, 2004), and Loving the Days (Wesleyan University Press, 1978).
I have also edited numerous books, including The Collected Poems of Hazel Hall (Oregon State University Press, 2000); 2084: Looking Beyond Orwell, critical essays (Oregon Committee for the Humanities, 1984); Warnings: An Anthology on the Nuclear Peril (Northwest Review Books, 1984); Pioneer Letters: the Letter as Literature (Northwest Review Books, 1983); and Dialogues With Northwest Writers (Northwest Review Books, 1982).
I was from 1979 to 2008 the editor-in-chief of Northwest Review.
Introduction to Literature
Literature of the Northwest
Tradition and Rebellion in Modern Poetry