Model Disciple

Model Disciple

by Michael Prior
Model Disciple

Model Disciple

by Michael Prior


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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 identity, but identities. Invented identities, double identities, provisional identities—his art always bearing witness to a sense of self held long enough to shed at a moment’s notice. Model Disciple‘s Ovidean shape-shifting is driven by formal mastery and mot juste precision. It’s also one of the most commanding poetic debuts in years.

"Model Disciple comes alive in its beautiful precision of detail, defamiliarizing language, resonant music, and deep intimacy. These poems are lyrical accounts of the natural world intersecting with the manmade. They are viscerally present, and felt, written to illuminate and endure."—Hannah Sanghee Park, author of The Same-Different

“With Model Disciple, Michael Prior launches, fully-armed, into the fray, taking on the topics of love, loss, war and cultural identity with a combination of fierceness and delicacy so rare in a first collection. Prior’s book swarms with presences both animal and human, as well as spectral; it bristles with texture and glows with unforgettable images that are laden with both ghastliness and grace.” —Alexandra Oliver, author of Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway and Let the Empire Down

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781550654455
Publisher: Véhicule Press
Publication date: 03/25/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 96
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Michael Prior's poems have appeared in many publications across North America and the UK. Winner of The Walrus's Poetry Prize, Matrix Magazine’s LitPop Award, Grain’s Short Grain Contest, Magma Poetry’s Editors' Prize and Vallum’s Poetry Prize, Michael currently resides in Ithaca, New York, where he is an MFA candidate in poetry at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

Half 11

A Priori 12

Ventriloquism for Dummies 13

Necessary Omens 14

Cuttlefish 15

Salmon 17

Hermit Crab 18

Lamprey 19

Hinny 20

Method of Loci 22

Animus 23

Quintana Roo 25

Swan Dive 26

Conditional 27

Familiarity Principle 28

Ramon Fernandez 29

The Fisher 30

Proxy 31

The Beginner's Guide to Model Making 32

Cassette 33

VCR 34

Tamagotchi 36

Hibernal Country 37

Infinite Monkey Theorem 39

For Pat Morita 40

Toll 41

Onomastic 43

In Portraiture 44

Waits and Measures 45

The War Came As If a Dream 47

Windship 48

Psychomatics 51

Fathom 52

Murmuration 53

Haruko 55

Tashme 57

Notes 77

Acknowledgements 79

With Gratitude 81

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