Laurence “Larry Ho” Hodgson (1874–1937) was a unique combination of poet and politician, a prolific writer who produced thousands of poetic and prose works.
Quotes from Saint Paulites
“You have to be funny about it and honest about it. You can't leave yourself out of that mix. You have to be honest enough to say, "I'm that messed-up one in the family."”
—Louie Anderson, Saint Paul native and comedian
“I don’t tell the popular narratives, the commercial narratives, that one is supposed to tell as an African American writer, and there is a price to be paid for that.”
—David Haynes, former Saint Paul writer and teacher
“I do hope that in my blundering way through life I may in a small measure defend the dignity of common men and prove of some sustaining power to the suffering souls I meet... I have small faith in any man’s religion if he feels above those who are unfortunate.”
—L. C. Larry Ho Hodgson, Saint Paul mayor and poet