Anne Fitzgerald – Where were you

Profile Anne Fitzgerald LE P&W Oct 2019

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Poem by Anne Fitzgerald

Anne Fitzgerald is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Queen’s University, Belfast. Her poetry collections are, Vacant Possession (Salmon Poetry, 2017), Beyond the Sea, (Salmon Poetry, 2012), The Map of Everything, (Fort Foot Press, 2006) and Swimming Lessons, (Stonebridge, 2001). She had edited, produced and designed four anthologies of young adults’ poetry; and founded two school publishing houses, in addition to She teaches Creative Writing in Ireland and North America. Anne is a recipient of the Ireland Fund of Monaco Literary bursary at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. She lives in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Where Were You

The first time I saw curry
was in the back of my
brother Cain’s Fiat 127, sat

snug beside Noel V. Ginnity
fresh from Jury’s Cabaret,
as he shovels rice off a Willow

pattern plate his wife flung
on his lap, a parting gift as we hit
Kildare to open the Railway

Hotel Dad buys his eldest, before
his heir brings it to its knees
Cain will file Chapter 11 three times.

Meanwhile news breaks airwaves
driving through the Curragh.
Elvis is dead. Found on his thrown.

© Anne Fitzgerald