8 poems to listen to….

Here are 8 poems to listen to. It starts with ’12 weeks in Hamilton’. The theme of this poem came about after watching a documentary about Josephine Baker.
The second poem is called, ‘before the sex change’, take it as you will. The third piece is a long titled poem. It’s combination of jazz, pulp and travelling heritage.

The fourth piece is called, ‘do not dare mimic’. It is a tip of the hat to just some of the poets that have influenced my own writing style. Each portion about that poet is written with their voice in mind but without trying to mimic it. The final piece starting with the pine tree, is my own voice…..

The fifth piece is called, ‘in all they sons command’. This past summer the lyrics of our anthem were brought up with people believing a line should be changed because it was about gender. In my mind it has nothing to do with gender but instead has a higher authority involved. Of course my mother in law also pointed out that, if this was what we had to complain about….life ain’t so bad

The 6th piece is called, ‘your best friend mechanic, your hay baling guy’. I’m proud to be considered the workingman’s’ poet. To me, it is the honest working man who has the wisest words to depart but is seldom listened to

The seventh piece is called, ‘roy bonisteel’ unless you keep your head in the sand, his name is well known and respected….this piece deals with his contributions in Stirling…

The final and eighth piece is called ‘a reckoning’. For me it ties all the poems together. The past 8 years have been a journey between Hamilton Ontario and the Quinte Region………



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 crazyirishman.wordpress.com, where in the past year he has written over 100 poems and created a cross over page on https://www.facebook.com/crazyirishmanpoetry where he gives a story behind each of the pieces written. View all posts by Crazy Irishman

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