Category Archives: fatherhood

“Maps” from Unopened

Here’s an interesting, different kind of ink, which provides analysis of a specific poem, “Maps” from my new book, Unopened.  Enjoy the read (and thanks Hannah) An Analysis of Maps by Doug Hoekstra

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The Sacrifice

A new poem, just in time for baseball season.  But, as with all writing about baseball, it’s about more than the sport.  Enjoy.  Doug The Sacrifice In baseball, it is a mighty thing, to lay the bat horizontal one hand … Continue reading

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No Fear

Happy to have a new essay of mine titled “No Fear,” published in the latest edition of Two Cities Review, a fine literary magazine with roots in Brooklyn and Chicago. As the editors say in their header, this one is … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Hello It’s Me

Hello It’s Me (A Short Story) A black piece of plastic spun around and around, etched memories carved into grooves and transmitted into the ethers through diamond cut magic. Timeless. Better than digital. Warmer and somehow, more human. Vinyl never … Continue reading

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This Hard Land

New essay entitled “This Hard Land” up at Ink 19.  Thanks to James Mann for  giving me the nudge to write this. Tried to weave a bunch of ideas together, to stack mirrors upon mirrors – but really, props go … Continue reading

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Star Parties

Dusted off this one from a few years back, for the upcoming essay collection.  Enjoy STAR PARTIES You might find yourself standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, waiting but anxious and bored, having forgotten how to daydream. … Continue reading

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