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The human heart longs for poetry. Academia and a handful of publishing houses cannot contain it. Dispatches From the Basement is how I — an independent poet — connect directly with readers.

As my old mentor Cid Corman wrote:

Poetry is that
conversation we could not
otherwise have had.

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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