Poetry. Joseph Massey composed ILLOCALITY in his first year in Western Massachusetts. Massey's austere landscapes channel the quiet shock, euphoria, and introspection that come with reorientation to place. His language fights apathy with grace and sensitivity. Here are poems with their eyes on seasons, plants, sunlight, and animals, all the while looking for stability and the language to describe it.
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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