This poem addresses Anna Livia, a carved keystone figure. Keystone heads were carved by Edward Smyth in the late eighteenth century. Anna Livia keystone heads grace Dublin's Custom House and the warehouse at 30- 32 Sir John Rogerson’s Quay.
Anna Livia represents the River Liffey. There are 14 'Riverine Heads' in total on the Custom House building: 13 represent each river in Ireland, and one represents the Atlantic Ocean.
Anna Livia has viewed the comings and goings of Dublin Port for centuries.
With thanks to Mick Foran for this story, and to Martin Coffey for sharing his video of Mick performing the poem.