After the Wedding

cold summer night
her hand firmly gripping mine
we stroll down the pier

from the distant Boardwalk, cheers
as coasters rumble and swoon

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August 8, 2011,  Posted in Poetry.

Making a James Bond martini

“Just a moment [Bond said]. Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?” —Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

A few things to note about the Vesper martini, as many things have changed since it was first penned down.

Gordons no longer makes gin at 94 proof, it’s been diluted down to 80 proof. The drink is shaken to remove potential oiliness from what was then inferior potato based vodka, something that is much less common now. Kina Lillet no longer exists. Its replacement Lillet Blanc does not have the quinine bitterness that was a key component of Kina Lillet.

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January 31, 2010,  Posted in Articles.

Best of NYC 2005: Night

midnight summer breeze
through the windows of a cab
eyes closed, just feeling

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March 21, 2009,  Posted in Poetry.

The Haiku Manual

For those who’ve ever wondered about the mechanics behind how I write my haikus, here’s my manual of style.

Haikus were originally an expression of zen philosophy, so they had a particular set up outside of the syllable count.

Traditionally, haikus are written in the syllable form of 5-7-5.

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March 21, 2009,  Posted in Articles, Poetry.

Best of 2005: Weather

slow, heavy breathing
smoke firing out the nostril
dragon in the cold

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March 1, 2008,  Posted in Poetry.

Selected early haikus


hazy autumn night
through the mountain’s mist
a blinking radio tower

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March 1, 2008,  Posted in Poetry.

Best of NYC 2005: Daytime

late for work, running
buttoning up my shirt
like a reverse superman

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January 5, 2008,  Posted in Poetry.

Hollister haikus

I leave home, then return
to look for a paper
already in my pocket

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January 2, 2008,  Posted in Poetry.