Matthew Tierney

An evening of poetry and conversation—May 29

Matthew Tierney
Matthew Tierney

Bookmark in Charlottetown will present an evening of poetry and conversation with Matthew Tierney on May 29 from 7–8:30 pm at Beaconsfield Carriage House. Tierney will be reading from his newest poetry collection Lossless. This event is free and all are welcome.

Tierney’s new collection takes its title from lossless data compression algorithms. It positions the sonnet as lines of code that transmit through time and space those ‘stabs of self,’ the awareness of being that intensifies with loss of relationships, of faith, of childhood, of people.

The qualities of light, colour, and movement in the sonnets conjure a sense of arrested time, of dust motes in the air. Playing against this intimacy are loopy chapters of Borgesian prose poems—with appearances from Duns Scotus and Simone Weil, Wittgenstein, Niels Bohr and others—that extract knowledge from information to reconstruct the source experience into a subjectivity, a personality, and a life.

Tierney is the author of four books of poetry. His most recent, Midday at the Super-Kamiokande, was nominated for a ReLit Award. He won the 2013 Trillium Book Award for Poetry and is also a recipient of the K. M. Hunter Award and the P.K. Page Founders’ Award. He works for U of T as a writer in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and lives in the east end of Toronto with his wife and son.