don’t waste a good book on a closed mind

write when you’re brain dead
re write ideas
repeat yourself. Re-
gurgitate themes
don’t read.
Your mind is a dry desert
words wash over
but don’t sink

skip the writer’s block
and force yourself to write something
even if it’s only publishable
a blog.

But wait for the mind to re-
before you get back into reading
-reading is the most
important tool you carry as a writer
so don’t waste the day
trying to plug a square hole with a
round peg.

just write


until the mind gives up and the body wants to sleep.

You’ll thank yourself in the morning.


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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