Matthew Tierney's debut collection of poetry is full of trains and visions. From Japan's subtle intricacies to the harsh realities of the Trans-Mongolian Express, Tierney captures the experience of movement and the freedom and dislocation of the traveller with potent imagery and persuasive verse. Whether searching for his own history in his grandfather's past in Wales, or stumbling through a Japanese lesson, Tierney's poetry pulls you into the experience, and through to the other side with a new appreciation of the moment. A strong debut collection from an energetic new poet.
Tierney's poetry has been published in many literary journals in Canada including The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Event, The Antigonish Review, Prism International, The New Quarterly and Qwerty, as well as in the Brobdingnagian Times and Southword, in Cork, Ireland. He was born in a small town outside of Waterloo and grew up in Toronto, where he now lives. Several years ago, he spent some time in Japan teaching conversational English, and returned home by way of the Trans-Mongolian Express, an offshoot of the Trans-Siberian Express, one of the last great transcontinental train routes. He continues to take the subway to work every day.