Welcome to the Hokus Grey website!
First, let’s get the obvious out of the way;
Hokus Grey is not a person, but instead, it is an idea that encompasses the collective
creative works of myself; David J. Roussel. I adopted the handle for internet use early on,
and it has since evolved to the only appropriate descriptor for my work; past, present
Now, a little bit about me:
I have always loved words.
As a child, when I was bored and between comic books, or novels, or perhaps just out of
innocent curiosity, I would open up the Webster’s Dictionary and absorb the words, like
an amphibian breathes through its skin.
I haunted the libraries in my small home town. I had a lot of friends, and loved to play,
but there was something about the books; row upon row of high shelves full of
knowledge, that called to me from some deep part of my soul.
An avid reader from an early age, as I grew into my teenage years, I began writing
poetry. At the encouragement of my family and teachers, I continued to write through
my college years, where I dabbled in song writing and music.
During a dark period in my early-to-mid-twenties, I stopped writing. I stopped being
curious. I was lost, broken, jaded and without the wonder of my childhood dreams to
keep me going. It was only by Grace that I was able to recover that spark. I was able to
rekindle the wonder and the curiosity that had called me to those dusty library shelves,
all those years before.
In 2014, I decided that a lifetime of poetry would be best shared while I was alive. It did
not make sense to have created all these words, just to let them rot with their creator. It
was about the same time that I began a ritual of writing one, complete piece of poetry
every morning before I went to work. Surprisingly, I have been faithful to this exercise
for years, now.
Over time, the Hokus Grey website has picked up a few followers, found a few
kindred spirits, and shared more ideas, emotions and delusions than I ever thought
possible. This blog now exists because of its readers, as much as my own labors. If you
will continue to accompany me on this strange and savage journey; then I will continue
to create, as long as I am still breathing.
I publish new pieces on Saturdays and Sundays. Sometimes more, sometimes less. There
are new media projects in progress, as well as some publishing pursuits that I am hoping
to see realized, so stay tuned.
If you feel like you want to support my work, I have begun work on a Patreon page
where you can sign up to have access to exclusive content, as well as advance access to
new media projects, before they become available to the public.
You can access the Hokus Grey Patreon page here:
Thank you for reading, and thank you for staying curious.
We have so much more to explore.
David J. Roussel
ho·cus | \ ˈhō-kəs \
hocussed or hocused; hocussing or hocusing
Definition of hocus
1 : to perpetrate a trick or hoax on : deceive
less common spelling of gray
1a : of the color gray
b : tending toward gray blue-gray eyes
c : dull in color
2 : having the hair gray : hoary
3 : clothed in gray
5 : having an intermediate and often vaguely defined position, condition, or character an ethically gray area