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.

Her work is included in On The Banks: Cork City in Poems and Songs, Edited by Alannah Hopkin.


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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The Vessel

The pretty, dark-haired woman with brown eyes
Who last evening met passers-by with a quirky smile,
an Audrey Tatou, Amélie gaze, as each passed along
the street, was curled inside the telephone kiosk.
She pulled the combat green sleeping-bag
over her head at dusk and vanished…

from mslexia 71, SHOWCASE, Poetry introduced by Liz Lochhead.