Catherine Phil MacCarthy

Catherine Phil MacCarthy is a native of Crecora, Co Limerick and has lived in Sandymount, Dublin since 1987. She has published five 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.


Daughters of the House

Daughters of the House

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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“Acts of God”

When thunder crashed on the roof
like heavy furniture

I felt the way blind
downstairs in the dark,

found everyone
round the kitchen table

counting seconds.
Lightning lit the tap,

cracked the floor like a whip,
made me jump out of my skin.

The unconcerned outline
of my father’s shoulders,

my mother somewhere
foraging for matches,

the pitch of my sisters’
voices, the baby upstairs

sleeping — small things
that hold us.

Then in the hush,
a downpour.

(from The Blue Globe, Blackstaff Press, 1998 (link))