Joseph Massey


At the edge of a path
in this westernmost city
some sprawling pastel plant
I still don’t know the name of

wilts over an oval stone.
Fog from the coast

blue as a vein.
Tree frog jabber
thins thicket-dense shade.

Just enough―

enough noise
to confuse things into place.

Joseph Massey is the author of Areas of Fog (Shearsman, 2009), At the Point (Shearsman, 2011) and To Keep Time (Omnidawn, forthcoming in 2014). His work has appeared in various journals and magazines and in the anthologies For the Time Being: The Bootstrap Book of Poetic Journals (Bootstrap, 2007), Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams (Iowa, 2011), and Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W.W. Norton & Company, forthcoming). He lives in Arcata, California.

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