Zooming with Zozimus at the Zoo

1911: Z is in the Rotunda.

I wonder, who can she be?

Nurse or expectant mother?

The census tells me she’s thirty three.

(institutions like hospitals, asylums, & workhouses usually give initials on their census returns.)

– Karen J McDonnell
– Catherine Ann Cullen
– Billy Craven
– Catherine Ann Cullen

Z for the Zoo where the Zebras are crossing

While monkeys on Ziplines their keepers are bossing.

– Catherine Ann Cullen
– Catherine Ann Cullen
– Lisa Perkins
– Catherine Ann Cullen

Z is for Zozimus the blind bard of the Liberties aka Michael J. Moran,

He performed around Dublin and began each rhyme with Ye sons and daughters of Erin…

– Mary B Shannon
– Theresa Donnelly
– Catherine Ann Cullen

Z is for Zozimus, blind balladeer,

Who zigzagged through Dublin and sang for small beer.

– Catherine Ann Cullen
– Catherine Ann Cullen

From sweet Zuma Terrace to Zion and Zoo Roads,

We’ve zoned out on Zoom writing A-Z odes.

– Catherien Ann Cullen
– Catherine Ann Cullen


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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