burton or berton?

i like most of his movies
but think in real life
he’s probably a bit of a jackass
and really,
most of his older movies
he comes in as a
biblical character as if he
believes off camera
he’s God there too.
i tried reading
his biography once
but closed the pages very quickly.


do we as canadians
become fascinated
talent south of
when we have such a
tossed salad of talent
up here

whether it’s actors
musicians or
we go to the shelves
and applaud our neighbours
instead of watching our own


that old guy

you know,
the one who wrote the
history of Niagara
rolled a joint on t.v
and wrote 2 volumes
about 1812


that guy
he’s passed away now.

our national identity
like bleached dinosaur rocks
basting on the beaches around
the georgian bay

you know

where that ferry goes back
and forth
over to that cndn


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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