At a Publishers Party 10 Yrs Ago and Then

i just was published
penguin or otter
a travelogue or odyssey
this book, with my pen
-then says, ‘how bout you’

just working poems
self caught + floating
not much
-says i at time, but time
not now

that’s nice, nice party
pub-lish-ers, all round

and she walks w/ upper hand

still now, not then
is i,
working, not working
lost on night air

university-etiquette, understood

dead otters lost penguins
-labour unions
blue collar pen.


About Crazy Irishman

Touted as a working man's poet, Martin Durkin has been writing professionally for the last 12 years. He has appeared in over twenty anthologies across North America, including, "And left a place to stand on", a collection of poems and essays about the late great Al Purdy. Durkin has also published two collections of poetry, "Hypnotic Childhood", and "The Sound of Quish". Over the past 4 years, Durkin has been on hiatus for the most part but has recently come back to the poetry scene creating a poetry site called, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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