It’s hard to believe this book is the work of a poet in his thirties. It has the craftsmanship of a much older and experienced poet, combined with the wisdom few achieve, if ever, until their sixties or seventies. In a few thousand words Martin Durkin presents us with a detective novel, a love story, a meditation on male bonding and an extended love letter to the city of Hamilton. The language is note perfect for the denizens of “The Hammer”. Durkin has served his apprenticeship well in mastering the deceptively casual language and techniques of Al Purdy and others, and with this book he takes a long step forward into the ranks of Canadian poets of consequence. – Chris Faiers, Canadian Poet and Recipient of the Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Medal

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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