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If you could describe the first thing that comes to mind when you take a sip of Riesling or a shot of Irish Whiskey, what would you say?

In Toasts by Richard Nesberg, he explores that very question. Each piece in Toasts is Richard's literary equivalent of its subject, lyrical meditations of each drink, its sensations, and the memories it conjures.

Here's a free sample from Toasts, India Pale Ale: 

 

India Pale Ale

This cannabinoid flush
feathering its skunk

weed tail
down my tongue

to my belly
swells capillaries with

songs screaming
Hops! Hops! Hops!

(Copyright 2013 Richard Nesberg)