Unopened

Doug Hoekstra’s third book, a collection of published and unpublished poems titled Unopened will hit the streets February 5, 2019.  The book also features Hoekstra’s original artwork.  Publicity will be handled by the Nashville-based JKS Communications.  More details on this site and elsewhere, as they happen.  

President’s Day

Naturally some of us write more than others, by necessity and desire, but I was reading Lincoln: the Biography of a Writer last week and not coincidentally, ran across one of President Lincoln’s most impassioned texts on the power of writing.  He wrote his own material, as they say nowadays, and often kept it in hisContinue reading “President’s Day”

A Poem from Sandburg’s House

Progress At Carl Sandburg’s house, Tourists snap pictures of Books behind glass Stacked top to bottom Downstairs and up Exactly as the poet left them Titles beckon as voices from the past, Tease our collective imagination And bring Carl and his family to life Inhabitants and possessions Defined with the times, inseparable Intriguing, and everlastingContinue reading “A Poem from Sandburg’s House”

Hammett and Writing

Lots of blogs talk about books people have read, movies they’ve seen, music they’ve heard. We’re awash in pop culture commentary, I suppose. I just don’t have the time, myself. But, I DID manage to read a new novel recently, which I highly recommend. It’s called Hammett Unwritten and it’s by Owen Fitzstephen. It turnsContinue reading “Hammett and Writing”