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), AT THE POINT (Shearsman Books, 2011), To Keep Time (Omnidawn, 2014) and ILLOCALITY (Wave Books, September 2015) as well as thirteen chapbooks and various limited-edition broadsides and folios.
Reviews and Other Links
Stephen Burt @ San Francisco Chronicle
David James Miller @ Jacket2