Poetry. One needs only to watch and listen in gratitude as poems informed by Bronk, Niedecker, Olson (to name a few), and the landscape of Humboldt County, California, take shape in AREAS OF FOG, Joseph Massey's first full-length collection.
"Joseph Massey sees with a composer's eye and sings in a microtonality all his own. Syllable by syllable phenomena miraculously unfold. This is fantastic work, understated, charmed, and open. The world simply happens in these poems and its moments are tuned marvels. You don't want to miss it."—Peter Gizzi
"These are poems of ear and eye, full of echoes and luminous images. With a sensuality born of melancholy, they attend to resonant details that hover at the edge of recognition, as when Pacific fog partly obscures the view."—Devin Johnston
Joseph Massey is the author of AREAS OF FOG (2009), AT THE POINT (2011), To Keep Time (2014), ILLOCALITY (2015), and A NEW SILENCE (Shearsman Books, 2019), as well as a number of chapbooks. 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. Work has also appeared in the anthologies For the Time Being: The Bootstrap Book of Poetic Journals (Bootstrap Productions, 2007) and Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams (University of Iowa Press, 2011).
Author City: ARCATA, CA USA