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About me:

Joseph Massey is the author of Rosary Made of Air (The Exile Press), A New Silence (Shearsman Books, 2019), Illocality (Wave Books, 2015), and a trilogy grounded in the landscape of coastal Humboldt County, California: Areas of Fog (Shearsman Books, 2009), At the Point (Shearsman Books, 2011), and To Keep Time (Omnidawn, 2014).

"A Massey poem is a revelation of place."
The New York Times

“Massey is among the most topographically responsive of modern American poets."
Times Literary Supplement

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I offer poetry that seeks out the sacred in the ordinary, accompanied by original photography. No politics, not hot takes, just poetry.


My name is Joseph Massey. I'm a poet. My most recent book is Decades: Selected Poems (The Exile Press, 2024). My subscribers receive a poem a week, sometimes more, as a reprieve from the usual online noise.