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Michael Prior

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Michael Prior

Michael Prior's most recent book is Model Disciple (Véhicule Press, 2016). Prior teaches English and creative writing at Cornell University and lives in Ithaca, New York.

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You should never put the new antlers of a deer
to your nose and smell them. They have little
insects that crawl into the nose and devour the brain.
—Kenkō, Essays in Idleness
 
Consider that the insects might be metaphor.
That the antlers’ wet velvet scent
might be Proust’s madeleine dipped into
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