Matthew Tierney

Photo by Charmaine Tierney

Matthew Tierney is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Probably Inevitable (Coach House Books), which won a Trillium Book Award in 2013. He is a former winner of the P.K. Page Founders’ Award and a K.M. Hunter Award. He lives in Toronto with his wife and son.

In the Key of Ursa Minor

Three fake plastic bushes per sill
in the mall promenade.
A poor man’s Platonic ideal,
like the subset that forms in my heart
for the Tyrolean girls of retail.

My omniscience evaporates
outside the subject...