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Model Disciple

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A mesmerizing and moving first collection, Model Disciple gives us a poetry of two minds. Confounded by Japanese-Canadian legacies too painful to fully embrace, Michael Prior’s split speakers struggle to understand themselves as they submit to their reinvention: “I am all that is wrong with the Old World, / and half of what troubles the New.” Prior emerges as a poet not of ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published September 1st 2016 by Signal Editions
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Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I always want to check out new Canadian talent and Michael is awesome.

Curious titles, emotional insights and a deep understanding of language won me over immediately.

My only disappointment? It wasn't long enough. Mr. Prior is here letting us know that the art of poetry is not dead living well between these pages.

I am now a fan. Highly recommended.
Arielle Hebert
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful collection on heritage, on a complex and difficult history. Prior's images travel through generations, and some of the best slope toward the disturbing and grotesque : "Hear the wet slap of the first cod I caught off / the dock. We forgot the cudgel, so we killed it / with my sister's size four New Balance shoe" (from "Raymon Fernandez, you lie at the bottom"). Two of my Favorite poems include "Salmon" and "Lamprey," both personifications of animals, self portraits, essentially. 80s ...more
Philip Kenner
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

This one took me a while to finish, but it was nice to revisit the book every few weeks. Some poems knocked the wind out of me.

“Necessary Omens” was my favorite. It opens with: “You’re accessible, she says, meaning / I bore her.” That’s one of many yummy lines. Michael Prior’s poems are melancholy and rhythmically challenging, but there’s something calming about them. Maybe lyrical would be the best way to do describe it, but that descriptor can feel overused. What am I trying to say? It’s g
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