Catherine Phil MacCarthy

Catherine Phil MacCarthy is a native of Crecora, Co Limerick and has lived in Sandymount, Dublin since 1987. She has published four collections of poetry, and a novel, and is a free-lance tutor in Poetry and Creative Writing. Her poems explore from several angles the idea of ‘threshold’ or ‘the liminal’, the state of being in transition from one moment to the next.

Recent work is included in New Hibernia Review, Fómhar/Autumn 2016, edited by James S. Rogers.


The Invisible Threshold

The Invisible Threshold


Suntrap (2007)

The Blue Globe

the blue globe (1998)

How High The Moon

How High The Moon

One Room An Everywhere

One Room An Everywhere (2003)

This Hour of the Tide

This Hour of the Tide

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Before we knew where we were
the string toyed beyond our hands.
Your words untethered my heart,
tinsel pink and weightless,

high as the slate roof and soaring
over our house, good as lost in the breeze
that buoys it, way into the blue
beyond the garden wall,

from where we gaze in wonder at its path,
a gaudy speck too small to see
against the pink and white
of chimney stacks marking the coast,

about to cross a line,
from where there is no return.

(from the blue globe, Blackstaff Press, Belfast 1998)