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Product Details

  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Enigmatic Ink (April 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981011713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981011714
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,792,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kyle Muntz is the author of "Voices" (Enigmatic Ink, 2010), and "Sunshine in the Valley" (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2011). He is interested in the literature of aesthetic and ideas.

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It is an amazingly complex book, but one that interacts with the reader on an extremely consistent emotional level.
D. S. Atkinson
We float in the world, and it floats in us, and the characters flow around our edges, and if we open our mouths, they flow into our voices, and out through our words.
Tantra Bensko
The theme of "voices" runs throughout the work -- voices in the narrator's head, voices in your head as you read and the phonation of Muntz's poetry in prose form.
Mark A. Rayner

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark A. Rayner on July 19, 2010
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I need to state at the outset that I don't read much experimental fiction, so it was at first difficult to pull away the lens of more traditional plot and character structures when reading Kyle Muntz's poetical prose novel Voices. But once I'd accomplished this, there is SO much to admire in this book.

For starters, Muntz is a hell of a good writer.

The prose is electric, vibrant, thrumming with vitality and interest. The theme of "voices" runs throughout the work -- voices in the narrator's head, voices in your head as you read and the phonation of Muntz's poetry in prose form. The story, as much as I can speak of it, follows a narrator who is strangely absent. He is a poet, a would-be wanton, and a wanderer in a surreal city-scape with his friends.

The narrator's voice is consistent, but as I say, it is almost as though the brilliant observations and music of his language is his only way to maintain his existence. Without it he would simply vanish into the singularity that is his soul.

Muntz's work is intense. It's clearly designed by a great intellect, which is why I found it so strange to have such an emotional reaction. The text can vary wildly, from incredibly vivid scenes of beauty to images that are filled with existential horror, particularly whenever he visits his friend Jacob. It seemed to me that some of the best scenes were of intimate encounters like this one:

"We kissed
on the veranda. It was her arms and mine, sanctified: soft smooth skin, running hands down her back running them up. The night didn't call to us, because the night couldn't call, but we were there and we were really there. She tasted like something that wasn't moonlight. Scent and oranges, color, ellipsoid racing, we kissed. It started to rain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tantra Bensko on October 27, 2011
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I have come away from Voices not with a plot in my head, a story isolated into a beginning and ending, separate from me, but a world that stuck to my skin while reading it in a leisurely fashion, immersing myself in it while immersing myself in water, and it feels as if now, I am always taking a bath in a fluid world I have been given permission to luxuriate within.

It is a phantom world, lacking any solid foundation, no one objective hardened way of looking at it possible, but there is only describing it in the various voices not only of those who populate it, but various voices even in each individual's head. One splash, and it will fly out of the open ended contours.

The narrator easily slips out of the rules of society, not always kindly or considerately. I think, now, I have some glimpse into what it was like to be those unseen people who broke my family's mailboxes night after night for years. Yet he is charmingly romantic in a lit up, ethereal way that makes him lovable in spite of being enigmatically pathological.

The characters' surroundings, and encounters seem like dreamlike symbols of what is inside them, coming out in ways that we are never fully privy to in any kind of analysis, proof, or logistics. We float in the world, and it floats in us, and the characters flow around our edges, and if we open our mouths, they flow into our voices, and out through our words.

Reading Kyle Muntz's book, our own voices in our heads are given the chance to be poetic, to feel it's OK to see the world so beautifully.
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Voices by Kyle Muntz is special, not just for being his first book, but as an early glimpse at a writer I’ve come to really enjoy. I’m about halfway through, and so far, it reads like a conversation, a multifaceted, complex, yet emotionally rife exploration of philosophy and love. “‘If you were a metaphysical object, where would you be hiding?’” Muntz’s narrator poses. How about within the pages of Voices, or better yet, a dialogue, an ontological conundrum wrapped up in poetry. The book is a mix of prose that takes lyrical stabs at the random staccatos of communication in its unique forms.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence E. Forbes on January 1, 2011
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What begins as a young poet's journal of entries about the friends, the dark, desperate spaces they inhabit, and world around him quickly morphs into a journey that dissolves the boundaries between himself and the things he records--one that reveals the true sources of the "voices." The title is a clever one, as the narrator documents many voices: those of his friends, lovers, and associates; the urban world; and, in doing so, his own.

The protagonist's camera also plays a crucial part and reinforces the distance between him and his subjects, which alternately serve as muse, menace, and mirror. The photographic angle is particularly relevant when you consider the job of an SLR (single lens reflex): a semiautomatic moving system that allows the photographer to see what will eventually appear on film.

Sometimes the pictures are clear--painfully so; at others, the lack of focus speaks clearly to a perspective blurred by the voices. The concept of the shutter goes a long way toward explaining the length--or brevity of certain passages (click!). Cliche has it that the camera never lies; the photographer, on the other hand, always does--through framing. It is he who decides what to show and what to ignore/obscure. Interestingly enough, the edges of said frame/s converge to distort the distance between shutterbug and subject.

Before the picture, however, there are the words. Without them, the reader would have no idea what the narrator's one-man exhibition looks like. Muntz uses them to great effect, masterfully bending them to his will. His lush prose merges with poetry that wrestles, resists, and fuses into a language all its own.
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