Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal

Green Light Girl

Hank Sosnowski

Always go-go-go.
Shakes my sensibility
Got only one speed
Heart so big
she fills any room
with her smile
her name draped
on her shoulders.
Midas daughter
she makes gold
from everything she touches
and she touches my heart
and it blazes to life
and she weaves
a magic carpet
from everyday life
and she lets me ride it
and for hours and hours
we soar


Henry "Hank" Sosnowski, South Chicago born Polish-American, followed his gypsy heart across America from Alaska's Aleutian Islands to North Carolina's shore. Following Brecht's edict that an artist must "First feed the face, then talk right and wrong," Sosnowski worked as a newsboy, caddy, fry cook, steel worker, blues musician, pipe fitter, pool hustler/card shark, landscaper, railroad brakeman, auto part salesman, actor, warehouse manager, woman's clothing rep, waiter, missionary, writer, Alaskan game warden, book store manager, morning DJ, corporate VP, marketing director, dishwasher, factory worker, car salesman, handyman, customer service rep, janitor, teacher, and hot rod show promoter.

Sosnowski currently lives and teaches in Reno, Nevada, inspiration for his one-man traveling show: "Write Before Your Eyes! Hank the Revelator - Live on Stage 24/7!" For one week, Sosnowski comes to town to write/perform/live on an outdoor stage replica of a 1930s writer's garret, melding written, spoken and performance art.

Sosnowski is the winner of the 2006 Sierra Arts Foundation Writer's Grant.

© Hank Sosnowski

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