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Gary Singh



Rifling through tea books

in the dusty stacks

of memory.

Liquid wisdom or liquid jade,

which one?

Chinese hermits,

Anthony Burgess,

and George Orwell too.

All steeping in your reserve bank,

an exotic blend of ancestors.


The transmission came from India to China,

along with tea,

to Japan

and then to the cold green shadows

near the California coast.


It is there you share tea

with the redwoods, the ghosts

of Mountain Charlie, gipsy jokers,

and hammered dulcimers,

plus a singing bowl

to relay the transmission.



An award-winning journalist, Gary Singh has published hundreds of articles as either a staff writer or freelancer, including travel essays, art and music criticism, profiles, business journalism, lifestyle articles, short fiction and poetry. In addition, for 450 straight weeks he's also penned a creative newspaper column for Metro, San Jose's alt-weekly newspaper, an offbeat glimpse into the frontiers of the human condition in Silicon Valley. Gary’s writing tends to merge the outer with the inner. He is an explorer of that which is hidden. Being half-eastern and half-western, Gary’s work, art and life often exemplify a combination of opposites. Operating between established realms—creatively, geographically or even psychically—Gary is a sucker for anything that fogs the opposites of native and exotic, luxury and the gutter, academe and the street.