Paul McLoughlin

Paul McLoughlin was born in London of Irish parents. He continues to teach part time in a comprehensive school and at university, and plays jazz saxophones and flute. What Certainty is Like was published in 1998 by Smith/Doorstop and What Moves Moves by Shoestring Press in the 2004.

Paul passed away in April 2021.

Forgetting To Come In, McLoughlin’s first full collection, is remarkable for its sharp edged observation, its wit, and the wide range of its subject matter: poems about Ireland, jazz and cricket, poems about art, architecture, and poetry (but blessedly free of the solemnity which habitually afflicts those who write about such matters), poems which glint, all of them, with what one reviewer of What Moves Moves called “a sensitive and unsentimental imaginative reckoning of ‘felt life'”. Another characterised McLoughlin as having “unforced seemingly skill.”

“Paul McLoughlin’s poetry has a rare clarity and exactitude. He writes about private history and its collision with the world of news; of a past which is a live in the present.  His voice is poised, and his delight in language shines through the poems.” – Helen Dunmore

“McLoughlin means what he says, knows what to leave out as well as what to put in, and makes his level-headed bewilderment resound like discovery.” – Herbert Lomas, Ambit

“Paul McLoughlin exhibits an Irish exuberance for the absurd and the askew, illuminated by his unique and delightfully understated tone” – Anne Marie Fyfe

Books by Shoestring Press:

The Road to Murreigh

Forgetting to Come In

What Moves Moves

Wood & Ink

Brian Jones: New & Selected Poems (edited and introduction by Paul McLoughlin)