Pleased to unveil “No Regrets,” another new work for January 2023, appearing in the latest issue (#5) of Rabble Review.
Rabble is a digital, mobile-based online progressive periodical, with a distinctly working class focus. This particular issue theme “explores shared spaces and connections we need, too often lack, and can yet restore” – our humanity. I’m down with that and chuffed to be included.
The whole zine is at this link and you can revisit my piece at page 68, but throw something in the hat if you can and peruse a whole roster of fine artists. Thanks for the read.
Happy to be part of the January, 2023 edition of “Whimsical Poet: A Journey of Contemporary Poetry,” a fine collection edited by Sarah Altman, available at Amazon for purchase. “The Creek that Used to Be a River” and “Huevos” are my contributions (reprinted here). Check out the links and order a copy if you can, to support this great journal
This issue includes a fine roster of poets in addition to Hoekstra: Toti O’Brien, Russell Thorburn, Jeremy Ra, Meggie Royer, Michael Riordan, Sally Quon, Mark Hurtubise, D.W. Schmidt, Kevin Carey, Italo Ferrante, Ben Westlie, Stan Sanvel Rubin, Sharon Whitehill, Paul Hostovsky, Carla Sarett, George Freek, L. Ritteler, Morgan Santaguida, Veronica Briones, Deborah Soloman Baker, Richard Band, Maureen Sherbondy, Elena Simeonova, Sebastian Taylor, and Martha Clarkson. Thanks to Sarah for steering the ship, and for having me along. Enjoy.
Many thanks to the fine literary journal Door is Ajar for including two new poems of mine, “Gravel” and “The Town Tamer,” in their new Winter 2022 issue. The Door is an online and print journal, and this issue appears on the newsstands for the first time, in Barnes and Nobles and Books A Million nationwide (starting the week of December 6). So, pick up a copy if you can, to support a great journal and the writers therein, pages that no doubt hold something just for you.
Pleased to report my latest single/video, “Late Night Ramble” premiered 11/22/2022 at “The Big Takeover.” The fine folks at the takeover have been generous and loyal supporters of my music and words, for longer than I can remember, which is a long time. Ramble is the eighth video to drop from ”The Day Deserved,” which is what happens when one releases an album during a pandemic (2021). Props to Pat Meusel for the creative and Wellesian single shot motif on this one. Thanks, as always, for listening.
So, this past October, I went to my doc for my annual physical, after which I go into the little room to get my blood drawn. The clinician looks at me and says, “are you a musician or an artist?” Both, I said. “What art do you like?” All kinds, really, and I tell him I was just at the Dali in St. Pete. “Oh, yeah, I’m from Tampa. I’m a singer in a heavy metal band and played all over down there.” So, I told him I’d also explored Ybor City for the first time and he said that was the only part of Tampa he liked, he was Cuban. He asked about the chickens. Yes, they are still there. Small world, as they say.
Ybor City and its nexus, is a National Historic District; the community was founded in 1885, when Vicente Martinez-Ybor and other cigar manufacturers came to set up shop, along with thousands of immigrants from Cubs, Spain, and Italy. For the next half century, it was a cigar-making hotspot. Strolling about, the architecture reminded me a bit of New Orleans or Key West; there are lots of cigar shops still (although only one factory) and I ate black bean cakes and plantains at the Columbia, sitting at a bar that dates back to its 1905 opening. Chickens still ramble at will in the streets and though loud motorcycles roar and souvenir shops compete, it felt a bit timeless, still.
Also, on my list was visiting the Tampa Baseball Museum, just opened up in Al Lopez’ old boyhood home. For those who don’t know, Lopez was a catcher and manager, from Ybor City, who trailblazed his way into the Hall of Fame. In the days of less than creative non-PC nicknames, his moniker was “Senor”. Big baseball fans there, starting with semi-pro teams of Cuban immigrants, moving on to Negro Leagues, Women’s League, Minor Leagues (the Tampa Smokers!) and now the Rays. All told, 89 players from Tampa have made the bigs.
Again, best part of traveling around is just seeing where it takes you and then, sharing your discoveries. (Dateline October 22, 2022)