All My Xs

In Dublin, an invisible X shows

where we first met.

Secret space: the heart knows.

– Karen J McDonnell

– Catherine Ann Cullen

X marks the spot

of my hideaway Dublin heart.

An alphabetical love story

mapped here for all to see.

– Siobhán Mc Laughlin

– Catherine Ann Cullen

X marks the spot of the Papal Cross

& the one million who came to adore;

Such cordoned belief ne’er seen before

Though thuribles no more swing pangloss.

– Marie Studer
– Catherine Ann Cullen

X is the Xavier in the old SFX,

Where punks met with theatre and special FX.

– Catherine Ann Cullen
– Billy Craven

– Theresa Donnelly

Xico for MeXican, where you’ll eat oodles,

Or Xi’an on South Anne for its famed Biang Biang Noodles. 

– Catherine Ann Cullen


Xmas in Dublin is eXtra eXciting,

EXtravagant windows and eXcellent lighting.

– Catherine Ann Cullen

– Lisa Perkins

X is for Xmas and its much-needed cheer

Santy and Rudolph and his other reindeer,

fairy tales come alive in Grafton Street stores

with magical snow scenes and sparkles galore.

– Mary B Shannon
– Mary B Shannon


Catherine Ann Cullen is the inaugural Poet in Residence at Poetry Ireland since September 2019. She was awarded a Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship in December 2018. She has an M.Phil in Creative Writing from the Oscar Wilde School at Trinity College Dublin and a Creative Writing PhD from Middlesex University. Catherine Ann has published three poetry collections: The Other Now (New and Selected Poems) with Dedalus Press in October 2016; A Bone in My Throat (2007) and Strange Familiar (2013) with Doghouse Books. She is the author of three books for children, The Magical, Mystical, Marvelous Coat (Little, Brown 2001) and Thirsty Baby (Little, Brown 2003) and All Better! Poems about illness and recovery (Little Island 2019). She is also a scholar of broadside ballads.

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