Author Archives: Doug Hoekstra

About Doug Hoekstra

Father, wordsmith, musician, creative.

Ode to the Sunday Paper

Just in time for the weekend, folks…. Ode to the Sunday Paper One of my greatest pleasures is sitting down on Sunday morning cup of coffee in hand, once twice, three times refilled reading through every section of the newspaper, … Continue reading

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Buk Reading Bukowski write about cats is like punching a hole in a giant bag tied around the world by those who do not know but still must classify categorize and kill things of beauty Reading Bukowski write about writing … Continue reading

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The Party

Feeling a little bit maudlin when I wrote this new piece of flash non-fiction, but just tried to roll with the feeling, honor it, and hopefully, make it something more. Enjoy. Doug THE PARTY On Sunday afternoons, if I’m out … Continue reading

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Nashville Haikus

Recently I was reading some Alan Watts (Zen and the Beat Way), and was struck by his analysis of haiku poetry. He wrote “by the seventeenth century the Japanese Zen Masters had brought ‘wordless’ poetry to perfection in the haiku, … Continue reading

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Billy and The Tuba

Doug Hoekstra reads “Billy and The Tuba,”  a short story from his award-winning “Bothering the Coffee Drinkers” collection.  Live at Elastic in Chicago.   Enjoy! And if you like what you hear, you can click here and pick up a … Continue reading

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No Fear

I’m also working on putting together a collection of published and unpublished essays for release. This piece is a bit out of season, but hopefully extends beyond when the snows are melted. It originally went out as a family email … Continue reading

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Here’s a brand new one, folks, for your immediate pleasure.  Enjoy. Memory is like a dream and dreams are like memories chasing you through your days changing shape filling holes until you wake up a different person than the day … Continue reading

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