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July 19, 2014

Wyatt Doyle’s STOP REQUESTED….pick up a copy

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 9:42 am

In January 2014, I reviewed Wyatt Doyle’s fantastic book of short fiction set on the buses of Los Angeles, STOP REQUESTED. You can access that review here:    I wanted to share this recent ad for STOP REQUESTED, which quotes my comments, and also to emphasize that you REALLY need to get a copy of this book. This kind of writing is EXACTLY what KSE is here to champion. We don’t publish fiction, but if we did, this is what we would publish—-and also, this writing is richly poetic. While I suppose many would compare the book to the best of Bukowski or to something like John Dos Passos’s MANHATTAN TRANSFER, or even to a forgotten name such as James T. Farrell, Doyle’s lean, sculpted prose and his use of the precise and perfectly-spun detail reminds me of poets such as Charles Reznikoff—-his early poems of 1920’s New York pack the same punch as STOP REQUESTED—-a poet of the gutter who never resorts to sentimentalism and never lapses into social-realist lecturing. Dealing with life as it is lived, the parts of life we often turn away from as we are experiencing them, and dealing with them with the proper detachment yet with the deep engagement of the artist’s eye (Mr. Doyle is also an excellent photographer, no surprise there), is one of the most difficult things for an artist in any discipline to pull off. Wyatt Doyle has pulled that off marvelously in STOP REQUESTED.

You can order a copy here:      You’ll be glad you did…


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