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Poetry is that
conversation we could not
otherwise have had.
—Cid Corman

Substack overflows with opinions and politics. Dispatches From the Basement offers one poem a week as a reprieve from the onslaught of current events and endless hot takes. My poems tend to be short and meditative, and I hope they remain with the reader as a revitalizing force.

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Joseph Massey is the author of 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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