Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Probably Inevitable

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Probably Inevitable by Matthew Tierney

Coach House Books, September 2012

From Coach House Books:

Winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry (2013)

If it were necessary to tell someone where I am,
I’d say the spheres of Kepler resonate like icicles.
I’d say I have loved.

These are high-energy poems, riddled with wit and legerdemain and jolted by the philosophy and science of time. ‘Time’s not the market, it’s the bustle; / not the price but worth,” he muses, sailing through the rhythms and algorithms of a world made concrete by Samuel Johnson, before it was undone by Niels Bohr. Tierney’s narrators grapple with the gap between what’s seen and what’s experienced, their minds tuned to one (probably) inevitable truth: the more I understand, the more I understand I’m alone.

What continues to set Matthew Tierney’s poems apart is their uncanny ability to find within the nomenclature of science not mere novelty but a new path to human frailty, a renewed assertion of individuality, and a genuine awe at existence.