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Joseph Massey is the author of To Keep Time (Omnidawn, 2014), Areas of Fog (Shearsman Books, 2009), and At the Point (Shearsman Books, 2011), as well as a dozen chapbooks. He lives in Massachusetts.

The Process

Joseph Massey

Cross-stitched
outside sounds
double the day's

indoor confusion.
How to untwine
noise, to see.

There's the bay,
highway slashed
beneath; water

a weaker shade
of gray than this
momentary sky's

widening bruise.
The page turns
on the table, bare

despite all
I thought was
written there.

Copyright © 2011 by Joseph Massey. Used with permission of the author.

Copyright © 2011 by Joseph Massey. Used with permission of the author.

Joseph Massey

Joseph Massey is the author of To Keep Time (Omnidawn, 2014), Areas of Fog (Shearsman Books, 2009), and At the Point (Shearsman Books, 2011), as well as a dozen chapbooks. He lives in Massachusetts.

by this poet

poem
after Lorine Niedecker
Beyond a hand
held beyond itself
the mist is too thick to see.
A dream fragment (a phrase
I wanted to remember)
goes mute in this—
extinguished. Call it
consciousness. What
we lose to recover.
Acacia branches bend
the hill's edge
off-orange. A blur,
a deeper