when you’re feeling judgemental

bukowski taught
the simplicity of complication
purdy – the complication of
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


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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