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Burning Province

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Acerbic, moving, and formally astonishing, Michael Prior's second collection explores the enduring impact of the Japanese internment upon his family legacy and his mixed-race identity.

Amid the record-breaking wildfires that scorched British Columbia in 2015 and 2017, the poems in this collection move seamlessly between geographical and psychological landscapes, grappling w
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Paperback, 80 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by McClelland & Stewart
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Julian
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Burning Province, released during Covid-19’s upward trajectory, was snubbed of its proper reception. Yet, while cries of a “Chinese Flu” stoke the embers of yellow-peril, Prior’s collection is accidentally more relevant than ever. The poems grapple with generational trauma, and Prior’s cultural inheritance as a descendent of Japanese-Canadians interred in concentration camps.

Rooted in both the past and the present, Prior evokes one reality clasped within another. Symbols of his ancestral past,
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I thought this book was dense and enlivened by the senses of a poet who is keenly aware of the world around him, most definitely a consequence of the trauma that him and his family endured. He constantly pushes the reader out of their comfort zone to read with full concentration so as not to miss the beauty of his carefully chosen images and metaphors. It took me a lot of time to parse through the language, then imagine the scenes witnessed by Prior or accounted to him by his grandparents and th ...more
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