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Joseph Massey

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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.

by this poet

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
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.