the independent poet


writing to shut the urge down
long enough only
write again
writing for consignment and anthology pop(s)
or (ularity)
taking same money earned and trading
it back in for
signed Lee, books in Picton
and reading
Dennis for the insane madness
of Toronto, boundless
in the mind-child with an
eidetic memory
or whose pies evolve past
a riff or whimper
a small capped wave on the
the independent writer though…
is not the ocean
nor a great lake
but a
pond – a marsh
a glass of water on a hay field
dry before summer
and sprouting roots
waiting for the baler to square
our thoughts and store them
in the barn for winter-
again the water appears on the field
and we skate the puck.
on the pond we sleep with the vegetarian
life , or the tad poles of sleeping fish(ing)
poles, still dangling on the lines
hoping for a bite
which will reel in a meal
and keep us fed
until the next thought or idea
pays for our room
or our

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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