Black Mask Days

the pulper’s

writers who wished they were poets
but were not accepted
or who
saw the lack of funding

the artists who saw the covers
as money
but not real art

waiting to do their own work
to make poetry within the dark layers of death

waiting for the walls of appreciation
while watching the news stands place them in back




today baby’
it’s all flipped around

my shelves are filled with
writers of darkness
woven between poets of light
walls are nailed tightly with
colours of jazz and bedroom murders
women – whose eyes dare you to look closer

Dear Ellery Queen

Dear Whoever

bring pulp back to fashion
the days of fedoras
and rain coats
when poetry came with a purpose
life and death moments between writer and story

Dear Playboy

Dear Royal Ontario Museum

showcase the artist
who painted the model
Joan Crawford onto canvas onto the big screen

Dear Reader

Dear Audience

lick fingers and



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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