Poetry. In AT THE POINT, Joseph Massey's second full-length collection of poems, memory gives way to edges and angles, to "Sound heaped / on sound," to spaces that "make the shade / tangible" as words arrange a place for the actual.
"Massey's poems are detailed and luminous, their nodes and clusters radiant. Light carves and bends, nudges and steels, dredges and etiolates. The eye in this illumined world is searching and unflinching as it surveys the microclimate landscapes of the northern California coast. But more than any environmental image, linguistic soundscapes hold sway. Massey, quite simply, has the surest ear of anyone now writing. A microtonal master, his handling of melopoeia is astonishingly subtle and precise. I find myself holding my breath as I read, the better to listen to the intricacies of echo even in the inner ear"—Craig Dworkin
Author City: ARCATA, CA USA
Joseph Massey is the author of AREAS OF FOG (Shearsman Books, 2009) and AT THE POINT (Shearsman Books, 2011), as well as ten chapbooks: Minima St. (Range, 2002), Eureka Slough (Effing Press, 2005), Bramble (Hot Whiskey Press, 2005), Property Line (Fewer & Further Press, 2006), November Graph (Longhouse, 2007), Within Hours (The Fault Line Press, 2008), Out of Light (Kitchen Press, 2008), The Lack Of (Nasturtium Press, 2009), EXIT NORTH (BookThug, 2010), and Mock Orange (Longhouse, 2010). His work has appeared in various journals and magazines, including The Nation, Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West, Asterisk, Verse, A Public Space, Tight, Carve, Northwest Review, and American Poet: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets, among many others.
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