Caesar Salad


Anne Fitzgerald





(April 19th 2019)



Not a stones-throw from

Saint John’s Castle near banks

of the River Shannon, over


chicken Caesar salad, we talk

of this and that against

a backdrop of SKY news muted.


Cut down on Romaine

lettuce ribs, vaulted cathedral-like

above beds of croutons


dressed with lemon juice, olive

oil, eggs and a dash of Tabasco. Fire

breaks out on the roof


of my mouth and beneath

Notre Dame Cathedral attic. Flying-buttresses,

transept and nave burn,


crumple and fall as Rose Windows

(survive), I once spent ages transfixed

by colours, medallions of saints,


angles and martyrs. In particular

your man who lost his head on the hill

of Montmartre, Cephalophore


Denis, bishop of Paris carries

head in hands, for near on four miles,

preaches repentance along



Rue des Martyrs, buries

his crâne where

he choses, before dropping.


Our forks drop. Watch orange

flames fuel thick smoke pillars in place

of Gothic spires, gargoyles


and limestone columns tourist

touched to cool. Centuries of stone craft

turns to ash, as heat rises SKY’s


volume reaches fever pitch, like

the reverse, aftershock a death leaves, when

sound submerges underwater.









Anne Fitzgerald was raised in Sandycove, County Dublin, Ireland.  She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and Queen’s University, Belfast.  Her poetry collections are Swimming Lessons (Wales, Stonebridge, 2001), The Map of Everything (Dublin, Forty Foot Press, 2006), Beyond the Sea and Vacant Possession (Co. Clare, Salmon Poetry, 2012 & 2017).  In 2006 Anne founded Forty Foot Press in addition to two School Publishing Houses, Monkstown Educate Together Press (MET Press, 2003) and Loreto Abbey Dalkey Press (LAD Press, 2004).  She is a recipient of the Ireland Fund of Monaco Writer-in-Residence bursary at The Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco.  She has taught Creative Writing extensively across Ireland, Iceland and the United States of America.  Anne lives in Sandycove, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland.  For her biography visit Forty Foot Press



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