Play Out the Match, Michael Knox’s first published collection of poetry, is also an extended meditation on the idea of reconciliation. Vivid and lyrical, the poems make use of various voices, speakers, and landscapes to explore the surreptitious aspects of fear and indifference, tenderness and fragility. In Play Out the Match, dollar store cashiers, Scottish pub brawlers, lovers, and cowards create a broad and sympathetic world of otherness. Shifting viewpoints and lexicons weave across a wide variety of experience and emotion, producing a poetry that is cinematic in its imagery but lucid and accessible in content. In achingly human narratives, Knox examines the finer lines between love and indifference, meaning and loss.
Michael Knox’s poems have appeared in a variety of literary journals across North America and Britain. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and studied Philosophy at Queen’s University and the University of Toronto. He did graduate work at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Konstanz in Germany. He currently resides in Toronto where he teaches English at an inner-city high school.
Published: April 2006
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.