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The Walrus, the Literary Review of Canada, the Fiddlehead, the New Quarterly, and Tin House (Open Bar). He has won the poetry prizes of both Grain magazine and Echolocation. He lives in Calgary.’s poetry, prose, and criticism have been published in magazines and journals across Canada and the United States, including
Caribou Run is at one moment, a pure abstraction; at the next, an incontrovertible presence of hooves, antlers, and fur. The beating heart of this assured début by is the Porcupine caribou herd of the western Arctic. In Caribou Run, orchestrates a suite of poems both encyclopedic and lyrical, in which the caribou is both metaphor and phenomenon; both text and exegesis. He explores what we share with this creature of blood and bone and what is hidden, alien, and ineffable.
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.poems have appeared in publications across North America and the UK. Winner of
Model Disciple is a mesmerizing and moving first collection, which gives us a poetry of two minds. Confounded by Japanese-Canadian legacies too painful to fully embrace, split speakers struggle to understand themselves as they submit to their reinvention. 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 not just precision. It’s also one of the most commanding poetic debuts in years.