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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Instructions for Killing the Jackal reinvigorates the poetic tradition of myth-making using a combination of Southern folklore, urban legend, and Greek mythology.
Paperback, 60 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Black Lawrence Press (first published October 11th 2011)
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David Jones
Wright provides a powerhouse sample of poems here in Instructions for Killing the Jackal. Every single line of each poem pounds out hard and gripping revelations (e.g. "how lovely our ashes would be." from Debris for Looters). Wright possesses some kind of enchantment that she wields in her writing. But these are not easy poems. They demand multiple readings. Wright composes with esoteric verses and never once in this compilation lets slip the key for decoding so readers will only succeed if the ...more
Dealing with the Dark - and Making It Comprehensible

Erica Wright new book of poems, INSTRUCTIONS FOR KILLING THE JACKAL from Black Lawrence Press captures attention immediately; the title begs investigation and the cover art by Alexis Anne MacKenzie draws it all out for us. But there are few overtures that would be completely appropriate to describe the poetry inside this volume. Erica Wright seems to penetrate the dark side of people, relationships, history - the many aspects that raise like pa
Jun 17, 2012 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
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For the most part, I try really hard not to judge books by their cover, but if any book cover truly embodies the content within: it's the lovely yet startling cover to "Instructions for Killing the Jackal." At first, you notice the lovely pink, blue, green and yellow flowers meandering across the pleasant. Then, you realize that a vulture's foot is sprouting out from one of the leaves and has its claws gripped tightly along the ribs of a human skeleton that lies along the bottom. EEEK ...more
Collin Kelley
Animals, blood and brooding landscapes thread through Erica Wright's Instructions for Killing the Jackal like a fevered dream. She writes in accessible language, but her word choices and turns of phrase give you pause, or require a second reading because they are loaded with imagery and subtle variations of meaning that allow each reader a different interpretation. There are also echoes of old fairytales, including a mermaid tired of her rural life who wishes to be thrown back into the water and ...more
Best poetry I've read since Rachel Wetzsteone's "Sakura Park." I love the title poem and "Note to Slip in Your Pocket, Never Slipped," too. She has a funny way of mixing country boys driving trucks, looting burning buildings, and drinking too much into the skins of birds, jackals, snakes...
very visceral. Also, she gets murky old pain medicines into the poems and pills dropped on the floor of the public restroom (she had to take them in order). Ooooh--isn't that line great?
She's going on my "favo
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Erica Wright's debut crime novel The Red Chameleon (Pegasus Books) was one of O, The Oprah Magazine's Best Books of Summer 2014 and was called "riveting" by Publishers Weekly. She is also the author of the poetry collection Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press, 2011) and the chapbook Silt (Dancing Girl Press, 2009). Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, Crazyhorse, Denver Q ...more
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