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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, 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.

Love and Marriage

there is my angel
sleeping soundly.
there is the dog
curled and tucked in.
and my angel whispers
aww bébé are you cold?

unless it is me

darling move over
you take up too much of the bed

darling come closer
i miss you

darling your elbows are digging in

darling why don’t you like to hold me?

there is my angel
the dog curls in tighter
tucks its love to muzzle
and my angel holds him.

two beings safe from the world
while i sit down and write
drink coffee and ponder marriage
in all its proper habits

move over dog you’re taking up the whole bed

and now the dog knows
its proper place too…


Who Said Canadian Documentaries Were Boring

13 miles for the canoe
to the canoe
this is Oh Canada
the village down there
said they should have killed Mackenzie
not martyred Riel
will we always be at odds?
down to sons at command.
this is only Gods land
listening to Birds-land….

* 13 miles for the canoe: from the television documentary show The Canadians – commentators speak about how most waterways are connected in Canada and one only has to walk 13 miles with their canoe while trekking east to west

* the village down there: excerpt from Canadian Heritage Moments

* they should have killed Mackenzie: excerpt from documentary about Alexander Mackenzie – had the natives known in the long run what meeting Mackenzie would mean to their way of life 100 years down the road….

* not martyred Riel: excerpt from a documentary regarding the life and death of Louis Riel

* listening to Birds-land: writing this pc while listening to Lullaby for Birdland….finding the rhythm of the song is within these lines as well……

A Climatic Return for Martin Durkin


While it has been a year since Canadian poet Martin Durkin has been active in the poetry scene,the wait for readers is now over as Durkin returns in a new anthology titled Quills Erotic Poetry.

Quills is published by William Byron Sheardown of Vancouver, British Columbia. Byron is a printer and has been publishing magazines since the age of 18. Quills Magazine comes from Byron’s deep love of poetry and his desire to create a national literary vehicle for which poets from all parts of Canada can unite to experience each others’ work.

“This is a really interesting collection to be part of,” says Durkin. “The writing within this collection is not only seductive, it has that Canadian prowess and erotic intelligence, that reaches out for more than the obvious and goes in search of what makes us human at our core.”

This is Volume XI for Quills and the book will be retailing for $9.95.

Inside artwork is by (Khenpo) Lobsang Tenzin – a multi disciplined Canadian artist who’s sculptures and paintings are found around the world.

Durkin’s work within the anthology is entitled, Heart of the Meal.


Chinese Visual Parchment

– put the phone down Bill
put the phone down

play your piano over the phone Bill
I’ll add what I can’t hear

– put the phone down Bill
on top the piano

play your music over the phone Bill
the downtown landscape needs your dark rain
of cars and ‘so what’ hope.

put the phone down Bill
put the phone down

* Put the phone down Bill: Miles Davis would ask Bill Evans to put his phone on top of his piano and play just so Miles could riff from the other end and work on material inside his head

* Chinese Visual Parchment: In the liner notes for the album Kind of Blue – Evans call the collaboration Chinese Visual art – like working on a parchment….

* So What: first song on the album Kind of Blue


she laughs and says
hows this
hugging her own model
it’s not a question it’s a
measuring herself against your reaction.

it’s a world of crime and fashion
your halter top gun holster
tells her you’re a man worth pursuing
there’s no Matt Dillon here
no John Wayne wannabe



an Al Capone kinda character
better than Pretty Boy who can’t handle
his tommy

she laughs and offers you a drink
black and night and see through
closing the blinds
tossing the ice cubes overboard

she’s asked you
because she can see….

*Alisa: Alisa Verner is a photographer

Jimmy and Hank

I wish i could sketch
scribble figures on the side of pages
see beyond the words like Buk
posing his fat self with a cigarette and triple X of booze

in there would be you
when the words cannot describe
on a stool thinking for me while i sit in a bar
and listen to the floor boards
listen to Jimmy on the fiddle missing his brother
and then scribbling the ghost of himself on a napkin
or a ship leaving the east coast

sometimes it is as they say
a picture is worth a thousand words
because it can say everything without one line mentioned
-only the artists name and even then when it’s a scribble
theres like nothing but a memory lying inside the 30 second drawing.

* Buk: Hank Chinaksi or Charles Bukowski or Uncle Buk….same man same scribbler same poet……

* Jimmy: Member of the famous Canadian band from the east coast known as the Rankin Family. Jimmy Rankin also has a solo career. Before music his first interest was in becoming an artist of a different sort….his sketches can be found inside some of his album covers….


Perhaps each parent should give up one child to war by soldier – by casualty
then wave a flag
flaunt a collection of ideals with steel
vote to vote or vote to abstain – freedom of speech to kneel

Perhaps each should lose one child
end the argument of gun violence – America’s 2nd Amendment

Perhaps we should put one finger in the holes and side of Jesus
reach in towards loves’ forgiveness
and if we still don’t believe beyond physical humanity
then keep the one child and the only humanity we’ll ever have

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