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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > April 2016 > Worlds in a grain of sand

Worlds in a grain of sand

Strong collections from Michael Prior and Matt Rader examine individual and collective history


Model Disciple

Michael Prior

Signal/Véhicule Press


Matt Rader

McClelland & Stewart

“Discomfort / enthralls me,” writes Michael Prior, a poet who has published, seemingly, everywhere, and whose list of accolades is monumental. His first full-length collection, Model Disciple, concerns itself with the cycles of family history – including ways in which family is dangerous to its members – and notions of colonization. The strengths of the collection reside in movement, and Prior’s ability to generate one image and end up somewhere surprising. Consider this, from “Cuttlefish”:

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