Poetry. In the early 60s, Leonard Hayflick determined that healthy cells can divide only a finite number of times. Known as the Hayflick Limit, it sets an unsurpassable lifespan for our species at just over 120 years. The ultimate of limits, tackled by poetry of humor, intelligence and lucidity. THE HAYFLICK LIMIT concerns itself with the boundaries of the cosmic and subatomic--how the mind contains both--and the sadsack creatures in the nexus, human beings. What does it mean to be an intelligent species? What does it mean to be an intelligent person? Shifting focus from the limits of the telescope to the limits of the microscope, the poems in Matthew Tierney's second collection place a premium on inventiveness while embracing extremes of fear, pain, cognition and time.
Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN
Matthew Tierney is the author of three books of poetry. His most recent is PROBABLY INEVITABLE (Coach House Books, 2012). His previous book, THE HAYFLICK LIMIT (Coach House Books, 2009), was shortlisted for a Trillium Book Award. He is a former recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award, and has placed his poems in numerous journals and magazines across Canada. He lives in Toronto.
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