Anne Fitzgerald – Notes My Brother Left in Block Capitals

P Anne Fitzgerald LE P&W Vol 1 2019

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Poems 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. For further information see and

Notes My Brother Left in Block Capitals

Aged 8
Hey little fattso, stupid little Annie.
From your brilliant brainy brother.

Aged 10
I’ve taken your Laurel and Hardy
Forty-five, Trail of the Lonesome Pine
to help play poker better. I lost it.

Aged 14
I am throwing you into Boarding School
down the country. No one will know you.
I will make sure you will be forgotten.

Aged 23
Your green Cannon camera brought back
from New York broke in my hand somehow.

Chattel Devotee

He was on the back foot
after I found his fingers
curled between the heads
of Douglas Hyde and Charles
Stewart Parnell. His true
affection for others hard
earned dosh realised. Less
devotion not to be seen
from a priest or a brother
as bells ring at benediction.

© Anne Fitzgerald