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Attention Span 2012 | Joseph Massey

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Sally Delehant | A Real Time of It | Cultural Society | 2012

“Pull the oar and scrape / beneath the break.”

Craig Dworkin | in the dark wood / nella selva oscura | privately printed | 2012 

“who hears the sound in the dark wood damping?”

Benjamin Friedlander | One Hundred Etudes | Edge | 2012

“…I // Change my mind / The way an / Ocean changes color, // Giving little glimmers / Of what’s under. / A machine without // Replacement parts, a / Urine-rusted radiator / Can express me.”

Peter Gizzi | Threshold Songs | Wesleyan | 2011

“what does it mean / to be tough / or to write a poem / I mean the whole / vortex of home / buckling inside / a deep sea whine / flash lightning / birth storms / weather of pale / blinding life”

Andrew Grace | Sancta | Ahsahta | 2012

“Am I a citizen of these images? Or an interloper? Or just a voice?”

Megan Kaminski | Desiring Map | Coconut | 2012

“heavy with blossom and time / I put the words on the page”

James Meetze | Dayglo | Ahsahta | 2010

“The big sky we are under, / a portal without law. / Even poetry can’t sample it.”

Ernst Meister, trans. Graham Foust and Samuel Frederick | Avenue | Wave | 2012

“I look at a window / square of sky.”

Michael O’Brien | Avenue | Flood | 2012

“Blade of the sea / that clouds withdraw // a glimpse, a flash / of the world without us // eye counting its rooms / in the imageless dark.”

Pam Rehm | The Larger Nature | Flood | 2011

“Looking in / looking is seeking / that gets absorbed // Here are rivers / their depth like / private speech”

Shannon Tharp | The Cost of Walking | Skysill | 2011

“Given your heart’s ardor, / a field is not a choice.”


Joseph Massey is the author of Areas of Fog (Shearsman, 2009) and At the Point (Shearsman, 2011) as well as many chapbooks. His work has appeared in The Nation, Verse, Western Humanities Review, Ping Pong 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 (Norton, forthcoming).

This is his first contribution to Attention Span. Return to 2012 directory.

Written by Steve Evans

November 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm

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