Michael Prior

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Landscape as Mindscape: A Conversation with Michael Prior

The title of Michael Prior’s first book of poetry, Model Disciple, is apt description for the writer himself: Prior is a disciplined student of the poetic tradition, adept in sonnets, elegies, villanelles and blank verse. His talents have not gone unnoticed: he has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including, most recently, the prestigious Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, and his work has been published in Poetry, The New Republic, Ambit, and as part of the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series.
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New Worlds Forever Measured by the Old: On Burning Province by Michael Prior

Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart, 2020. 80 pages. $16.95. In 2018, Kayla Isomura debuted The Suitcase Project at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, British Columbia. An art installation that focuses on the Japanese Canadian internment during the Second World War, Isomura’s exhibit consists of luggage packed by descendants of those incarcerated during the 1940s and is a poignant physical manifestation of how Japanese Canadians were stripped of their jobs, property, and rights before becoming prisoners in their own country. At the time, adults who were held captive were allowed only 150 pounds of baggage. The Suitcase Project invites observers to contemplate what they would pack if they found themselves in a similar situation.
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