...So much held in a heart in a lifetime. So much held in a heart in a day, an hour, a moment. We are utterly open with no one, in the end- not mother and father, not wife or husband, not lover, not child, not friend. We open windows to each but we live alone in the house of the heart…When young we think there will come one person who will savor and sustain us always; when we are older we know this is the dream of a child, that all hearts finally are bruised and scarred, scored and torn, repaired by time and will, patched by force of character, yet fragile and rickety forevermore....
American essayist, editor, and fiction writer. Born in New York City, Doyle received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1978. After working on various magazines and newspapers in Chicago and Boston, since 1991 he has edited the University of Portland's Portland Magazine. A prolific writer of essays, stories, and the prose poems he calls proems, Doyle has published ten books, including the essay collection Spirited Men (2004), about male musicians and writers; The Wet Engine (2005), about hearts and how they work and do not work and get repaired and patched, for a while; and The Grail (2006), about a year in an Oregon vineyard. His most recent book is what he calls a sprawling epic elephantine serpentine novel, Mink River (2010). See also up.edu/portlandmag/support.html.