The Hungarian Who Beat Brazil

The Hungarian Who Beat Brazil

By Paul McLoughlin

Price: £10.00

ISBN: 978-1-910323-94-6

135mmx210mm, paperback, 88pp

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 Dumore, 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.” In addition to his own poetry – most recently The Road to Murreigh (Shoestring Press, 2010) – he has edited for Shoestring Press Brian Jones: New & Selected Poems (2013) and he contributes essays and reviews to a wide range of books and journals. He is occasionally paid for his work as a jazz saxophonist.

From reviews of previous collections:

“Careful and concise poems, like glimpsed scenes and small, intense dramas, full of knowing detail and telling lines. Tender but shrewd.” – Simon Armitage

“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

“A sensitive and unsentimental imaginative reckoning of ‘felt life’, understatement and a droll self-effacement are hallmarks of this excellent chap book.” – Peter Carpenter, Tears in the Fence

“The final lines of ‘Whatever Mick Wants’ not only nicely characterise the casual-seeming skills of many of the finest jazz musicians, but touch what McLoughlin’s art does: ‘Your tenor sax speaks jazz with the same / lazy filling out of space / you lead everyone to think you’ll leave unfilled.’ These poems achieve their delicately judged effects with similarly unforced-seeming skill.” – Hugh Underhill, Critical Survey