when you’re feeling judgemental

bukowski taught
the simplicity of complication
purdy – the complication of
simplicity
kerouac, rhythm of moment
and neruda – the angry release of sad love

bukowski fought salvation in drunken wisdom
purdy – brought working pride, nationality through locality
kerouac – broke the rules and re titled the classic genres
neruda – fought for love, and then fought his loves

neruda pondered simple questions of colour
kerouac, the sounds
purdy, the importance of a-frame solitude
bukowski, damnation of mankind and the illegal nothingness of the here after

i am here.
sitting at noon
knowing neither my neighbour nor my purpose –
pilled out with migraines
and sleeping off the words that travel only so far

i am here
seeking approval from no one
watching out a window
and thinkn’ the wild west of poetry
is gone

from horse back to model train
car to boat to plane
and rocketed out past a red moon
a commodity of folk songs
lost on paper
and lucky to have seen it all
when it was truly written

in the truest and most sought after form

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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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