Book Handling – Rediscovering new lines or quotes

throw this
particular book
my lap onto your
bra and
jeans lying on the
Ironically, this particular
would probably would
enjoy knowing
that tid bit
of information
if you don’t particularly care
the rest of the

It’s a re-used
dog eared like
of the ones i own,
there’s a damn
few that
don’t get marked up
and they
usually fall into
categories –
so shitty who

None of my books however have pencil or pen marks
that seems cliché to me
it also seems like the waste of a good book
studied in a way that allows all the secrets to escape or be missed entirely
underlining or highlighting only means it’s where i’ll rediscover the same thing over and over and i would much rather prefer to find something different, a new line or thought, each time i read.

The book
on the floor now
on your
bra and jeans
and i
have finished
the first morning
not to say this book won’t be opened again several times before i sleep
the first part of my
day is

‘to discover atlantis, and know the ocean can not hide what man must know to exceed himself’


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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