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Publications

Sandstone Monastery, poetry, 2004
Openings, book of selected poetry and prose, 1979
Jericho, novel, 1977

 

Response to Anson Wright's novel, Jericho

"I liked the bottom of the sea level of your writing. Don't worry about discipline or guidance." Anais Nin

"Jericho is a towering novel that holds an important place in the pantheon of American letters ... a masterful and transformative work."
Michael Coffin
Informed Publishing

"This book is a masterpiece. Originally published nearly forty years ago, Anson Wright has produced a book that is at once challenging, profound and hilarious. A tale of interweaving consciousness' told by two brothers about incidents in their lives, enjoyably dosed with magical realism. The author invites us to revisit the paradoxes of intimate relationships, sibship and family loyalties never allowing us settle into a simple or singular viewpoint. He keeps us and his characters moving, leaves us with more questions than conclusions, yet strangely satisfied. I was fascinated and engaged throughout this book." Robert Garfield, M.D. author of Breaking the Male Code

"I have read Jericho four times now, each time with a sense of both discovery and recognition: what wondrous passages have slipped away... it has the magic of a vivid dream that, if not recorded immediately, is soon forgotten." Howard Waskow, author of Whitman: Explorations in Form, and Becoming Brothers (co-authord by Arthur Waskow). Printed in Willamette Week.

"This book isn't science fiction, it isn't humor, it isn't a Western or even a novel in the stock sense. What it is is magic . . . Jericho is vibrant with cosmic sleights-of-hand and anecdotes that reach new nerve endings." Cecelia Hagen in Willamette Valley Observer.

"A personal but familiar religious inquisition underlies Jericho, a desire to be rid of sticky psychic heresies that corrupt the practice of being. The book's images enter a reader's dreams, they illuminate and fracture the machineries of sleep, they rearrange vision in the way cubism does . . . " Steve Engel in Portland Scribe.



Response to Sandstone Monastery

"Demonstrating a true mastery of memorable word imaging drawn from elements, experiences, and insights with respect to his personal life, Sandstone Monastery showcases the enthusiastically recommended poetry of jazz guitarist and novelist Anson Wright." Midwest Book Review

"Sandstone Monastery is a lovely and loving book. The poems use the particulars of the poet's life to touch the threads that unite us all, the invisible structures that support the visible world. The yearning for the sacred permeates the pages." Paul Pines, author of Adrift on Blinding Light

"Wright's offerings reflect mystery and life's unanswered questions in his collection, Sandstone Monastery... Wright delivers personal and moving passages concerning family, love, spirit and the landscape of his beloved Chaco Canyon.
Beverly Close, the Oregonian