"It isn't rare for me to use words as fodder for generating imagery—but I'd never read words which hit me quite like those in 'a boy named jane.' The simplicity of language is deceptive, as the more time you spend with each phrase, the deeper you can tread down a rabbit hole of existential musings (in the disguise of poetry about cows.) Wright's novel use of language inspired experimental uses of paint which attempt to interpret the heart of each poem as I perceived it. To spend time churning these words into paintings was a growth experiment in my own artistic process and a reflection of the exceptional thematic content of 'a boy named jane.'"
—Leah Fargo, artist
“I am glad that M. Wright has written a chapbook that focuses heavily on cows and organic material. I used to live beside a cow pasture. Whenever I would pass beside it and see cows walking around, eating, etc., I would always think to myself that the cows seemed mysterious and beautiful. The investigations of life, death, process, and organism contained in Wright’s chapbook are earnest and emotional. This is my favorite passage from a boy named jane: ‘in my dream / you were a cow / and you were me.’”
—Luis Neer, author of Extinction
“The decline of an eccentric and inspirational grandmother into dementia not only warrants the occasion to honor her indelible influence on the poet’s psyche, but also launches a heartbreaking meditation on mortality, consciousness, and perception—leavened by compassionate attention to the thingness of our daily lives.”
—James Cihlar, author of The Shadowgraph
“M. Wright is off to the races with his chapbook Dear Dementia. Caped in the overall theme of his grandmother's Alzheimer's disease, the poems within it are slung like arrows at god and the questioning of god and life itself. These poems appear in an orderly yet somehow bizarrely random way which works perfectly due to the fact that many of the main revelations in this book are uttered or caused by a person with dementia. This just adds to the excitement for the reader. This chapbook is important because it is a "thinking" book which are very difficult to come across these days. This book is constructed of such philosophy that one will want to reread this book many times over. And don't forget the ice cream, which may just signify the Universe itself or our own inevitable end of life as a mushy feeble pulp. M. Wright is an extremely brilliant poet with one hell of a future awaiting him and that future starts right here, right now, with his riveting chapbook.
—Heath Brougher, author of A Curmudgeon is Born