A Mythology

A Mythology Pale rust, desert airDry dust fallingOver bootsOn the groundRepurposed pastThe end of the lineThe tourist trailAn abandoned millA mythologyMan at the center of everythingChasing survival and permanenceIn the autumn hazeA Pinyon jay bounces through the brushScattered seeds on the wheelOf the abandoned talismanFramed by red rock rising Prickly cactus, smooth steelFlowers poke throughContinue reading “A Mythology”

The Weedon Tortoise

Recently I went down to St. Petersburg Florida to visit my son at college, which was great.  We hung out a bit, but he also had school stuff to do, so I one day I rambled around on my own.  It reminded me of my road days. Meaning, I’d often have blocks of time toContinue reading “The Weedon Tortoise”

Unopened / Chapter 16 / TN Humanities

Pleased to be featured in Chapter 16, “a community of Tennessee writers, readers, and passersby” set up by Tennessee Humanities.   They featured “Impermanence,“ a selection from my new book, Unopened, along with a plug for my Tuesday, May 7th reading at Post East (East Side Storytellin’) here in Nashville. Enjoy! “Impermanence”

Unopened / Pennyblack Music Review

Really nice review of Unopened, from Pennyblack Music U.K., which came out on the day of its release and says among other things, that… “Unopened is a reminder of how good a writer Doug Hoekstra is. As heartbreaking as it is often hilarious, it chronicles life, as Hoekstra’s songs also have done, with matter-of-fact honestyContinue reading “Unopened / Pennyblack Music Review”

Carry Me

My son Jude turns 16 this Sunday (November 4).   Here’s a new one I wrote for him, after a stroll at Radnor Lake.  Happy Birthday, Jude – with all my love – always.  Dad. Carry Me Rambling autumn walk, burnt colors turn to sounds woodpecker clouds hammer the trees like claves in an orchestraContinue reading “Carry Me”