Joseph Massey, poet

Joseph Massey

  • 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, 2015) as well as thirteen chapbooks and various limited-edition broadsides and folios.

    His work has also appeared in many journals and magazines, including The Nation, A Public Space, American Poet: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets, Verse, Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West; and in the anthologiesVisiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams (University of Iowa Press, 2011), Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013) and Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin, 2015).

  • Reviews

    A Massey poem is a revelation of place.
    —Stephen Burt, The New York Times Book Review

    I find it refreshing and somehow also sobering to observe the way Massey sticks so closely to the perceptual world. like William Carlos Williams, he challenges us to see the value in putting things in words.
    —Rae Armantrout, American Poet

    In distilled, acutely observed poems, Massey builds the world out of light and shadow; he helps us see pattern and grid, the thinning sunlight...You can’t call this nature poetry, but it’s a beautiful rendition of what’s breathable.
    —Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

    Joseph Massey's collection of fierce minimalistic observations contain a cascading effect, where the velocity of the word-sounds build anticipation yet stall with a density of ideas.
    —Evan Karp, SF Weekly

    Moments of vulnerability blur the lines between Massey’s inner anxiety and the calm of the immediate environment, providing an element of fragility and sophistication to his small, glinting pieces.
    Publishers Weekly

    Reviews of books by Joseph Massey


  • Poems
    - “Placeholder” (in Poetry Daily)
    - Erasures of Charles Lamb's “Old China” #1 (in Found Poetry Review)
    - “Anchoritic” (in Please Excuse This Poem)
    - “Late August” (in Ecotheo Review)
    - Four poems (in The Brooklyn Rail)
    - “Poem Including History” (in The Nation)
    - Three poems (in Map Literary)
    - “Transient” (in Everyday Genius)
    - Three poems (in The Account)
    - “Prescription” (in Real Poetik)
    - Two poems (in Hidden City Quarterly)
    - “Another Rehearsal for Morning” (in
    - “The Process” (in
    - Many poems (in The Cultural Society)
    - “Center of a Room” (in Oyster Boy Review)
    - Four poems (in Big Bridge)
    - “Listening to Joseph Ceravolo’s Home Recordings” (in Poetry Society of America)
    - “Hear” (in Verse Daily)

    - The Cossack
    - Open House, with Cosmo Spinosa and Housten Donham
    - Omnidawn, with Rusty Morrison
    - Full Stop, with Julienne Isaacs

  • Audio
    - Massey's page on Pennsound
    - The Baltimore Choral Arts Society performs "Near" from Joseph Massey's collection Areas of Fog (Shearsman Books, 2009)

  • No readings are scheduled at this time.

Related Titles

Illocality, Joseph Massey
[Joseph Massey]