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Doug Hoekstra (2001) Debuts Poetry Collection

Tuesday, February 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Unopened is author and musician Doug Hoekstra’s latest and third book. Divided into three selections, Unopened allows the works to cross-pollinate and the reader to choose his or her adventure—“On the Page (Centered and Close to Home)”, “Off the Canvas (Out into the World)”, and “Between the Notes (Everywhere It Seems).” The introduction sets the tone for this journey, but the reader sets the course.

Among its fifty-seven selections, readers will find poems that rhyme and poems that don’t, prose poems, sedokas, and yes, even an obligatory sonnet. Some are personal, some are societal. Some look inward, some look outward. Each invites the reader to connect and reflect to what’s inside and what’s going on around them.

Featured on the front and back covers are Hoekstra’s original artwork. They are taken from a series of collages created to reflect the content of the book. As he says in the afterword, the art and prose are both “a collection of fragments—memory, imagination, anticipation—broken, reassembled, and made whole.” 

Taken as that entity, Unopened is a worthy addition to Hoekstra’s body of work, living somewhere between the “five-minute worlds” of his songwriting canon and the short and long fiction of his prose writing.

Learn more about Hoekstra’s latest release here

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