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The Hungarian Who Beat Brazil by Paul McLoughlin

The Hungarian Who Beat Brazil

Paul McLoughlin’s new collection displays all the virtues which have won him praise from reviewers of his previous work. In the words of the late Helen Dunmore, McLoughlin’s poetry “has a rare clarity and exactitude,” and Anne-Marie Fyfe has expressed her delight in his “Irish exuberance for the absurd and the askew.” Order from Shoestring Press, price £10.00.


 Paul McLoughlin, born in London of Irish parents, finally retired from even part-time teaching in 2012. He continues to write poems, to write about poetry, and to play jazz saxophones and flute, and he sometimes gets paid for all three (but prefers life really when he doesn’t).

What Certainty is Like (1998)was published by Smith/Doorstop, and What Moves Moves (2004), Forgetting To Come In (2007) and The Road to Murreigh (2010) by Shoestring Press. A further collection will be published in the autumn of 2017.  Wood & Ink (Shoestring Press, 2013) includes several of his poem-responses to wood cuts by Alan Dixon. He also edited and provided an introduction for Brian Jones: New & Selected Poems (Shoestring Press, 2013).

His poems have appeared in Ambit, Anon, Critical Survey, Cyphers (Ireland), Envoi, The Frogmore Papers, Hard Times (Germany), The Interpreter’s House, London Grip (online), Magma, Navis, Nightingale, Orbis, Other Poetry, Penniless Press, Poetry Ealing, Poetry Life, PN Review, Poetry Nottingham International, The Rialto, Seam, Smiths Knoll, and Southword (Ireland), and in the following anthologies:

  • Singing Brink: An Anthology of Poems from Lumb Bank (Arvon Press, 1987);
  • Paging Doctor Jazz: A Verse Anthology (Shoestring Press, 2004);
  • Warp & Weft: An Anthology of Worple Writing (Worple Press, 2007);
  • Speaking English: Poems for John Lucas (Five Leaves Publications, 2007);
  • Kicks against the Pricks (Eyelet Books, 2009);
  • Ten Poems About Bicycles (Candlestick Press, 2009);
  • The Word Exchange: Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation  (Eds. Greg Delanty & Michael Matto) (Norton, 2010);
  • Reflections on Lake Orta: poems for 10 years of Poetry on the Lake (Wyvern Works, 2010);
  • A Brief History of Whistling by John Lucas & Allan Chatburn (Five Leaves Publications, 2013);
  • So Little Time: Words and Images fora World in Climate Crisis (Greg Delanty & Other Poets and Photographers) (Green Writers Press, 2014);
  • A Festschrift for Barry Cole (Shoestring Press, 2015), and
  • Fifty Ways to Fly (Rhythm and Muse. 2017)

He has variously written articles and/or reviews or conducted interviews for PN Review, Tears in the Fence, Critical Survey, Hard Times (Germany). Agenda, Poetry Ireland Review, Wild Court, London Grip, The Guardian, and The Independent, and in 2015 was awarded a PhD from Royal Holloway University of London for his doctoral thesis on the poetry of Brian Jones (1938-2009).