Tag Archives: parenthood

“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

Posted in 2019, family, fatherhood, Life, observation, perspective, Poetry, reviews, Travel, Unopened, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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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Dressed in Blue

Here’s a baseball poem for the season! Dressed in Blue (Friday August 6, 2004) In the yellow car we rode All the way to China Basin, Passing through the shadow of the Mays “Daddy, see the sailboats, Underneath the bridge,” … Continue reading

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Coach Pitch

Summertime is here and little league is winding down (the season starts in spring here in Nashville). This year the team is sponsored by his school, USN, and so nearly all Jude’s teammates are his pals and classmates, which is … Continue reading

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Greene and Parenthood

Reading Graham Greene’s “Our Man in Havana,” this past week, I ran across this lovely passage, which says it better than anyone could. The main character is speaking of his daughter: “….he couldn’t afford the time not to love. It … Continue reading

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