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
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.