Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems

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"These are big, ambitious, sometimes sprawling poems, rich in narrative and in detail, an autobiography of sorts, where the voyaging soul is concerned to find home and meaning in a dialogue between self and other. Like Saint Brendan, the author seems to understand that if home is where you set out from, home is also where you hope to find journey's end. Yet, if the title poem draws on the mythological, these poems are surely rooted in our century of migration and displacement, where identities are negotiated as much as given. It is the candid engagement with the difficult choices and trade-offs made in a search for some omphalos, some centre, in an ever more shifting world, which energises this collection." 

Moya Cannon and Theo Dorgan, The Patrick Kavanagh Awards, Judges' Citation,November 2008"These poems are alive to travel and displacement, but not only that: they are alive to the inner lives of places.While this book evolves across two continents, its author is more interested in the local than the global. Whether looking for traces of the Irish Diaspora in Spain, observing Latin American buskers on the Madrid Metro, or crossing Iowa by train to the "only blue county in Kansas"on the day of Obama's election, David McLoghlin unites sharp "eyework", in rich and telling details, with what Rilke called "heartwork", in a series of clear and powerful images." 

Ed Skoog, author of Mister Skylight, Rough Day, and Run the Red Lights 


Native to Ireland but relocated in childhood to Brussels and New England, David McLoghlin writes about emigration and a search for belonging, about betrayal and abuse, about the imagined private lives of the saints, and the geometries of loss and love on the New York subway. In so doing, he offers the reader a first collection that is at once expansive and refined: an uncommon blend of scope and pointillist detail.

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DAVID MCLOGHLIN was born in Dublin in 1972, and studied at University College Dublin, where he was awarded First-class honours for his Master's thesis on the Spanish poet Luis Cernuda. He also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, where he was an editor of Washington Square review, and received a fellowship to teach creative writing to patients at Goldwater Hospital. His poems have appeared in literary journals such as Poetry Ireland Review, Cyphers, and The Stinging Fly. He received an Arts Council Bursary in 2006, was awarded 2nd prize in the 2008 Patrick Kavanagh Awards, and most recently was the Howard Nemerov Scholar at the 2011 Sewanee Writers' Conference. He currently lives in NewYork. davidmcloghlin.com

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David McLoghlin is an Irish poet and literary translator and a US Permanent Resident. He is the author of Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems(Salmon Poetry, 2012), a section of which was awarded second prize in Ireland's Patrick Kavanagh Awards, and Sign Tongue, winner of the 2014 Goodmorning Menagerie Chapbook-in-Translation prize. David's second collection, Santiago Sketches, is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry in June 2017. His honours include a major Literature Bursary from The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon in 2007, a grant from Kerry County Council (2007) to attend a retreat at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, and a teaching fellowship from New York University. David has read with Poetry Ireland's Introductions reading series, and was the Howard Nemerov Scholar at the 2011 Sewanee Writers' Conference. In 2015 Natural Bridge nominated David's poem "Crash Centre" for a Pushcart Prize. Most recently, he was a prize-winning finalist for the 2015 Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize.        His writing has been broadcast on WNYC's Radiolab, interpreted on the stage (in Emotive Fruition) and on film, and published in journals like Poetry Ireland Review, Barrow Street, The Stinging Fly, Cimarron Review, The Moth magazine, Hayden's Ferry Review and The Shop. He is completing a memoir titled The Travelled Child, about growing up "between worlds", as a third culture kid, and a collection of poetry entitled Crash Centre, which is the evolution of that section in Waiting for Saint Brendan about surviving clerical sexual abuse. As he wrote in a guest blog post for Hayden's Ferry Review: "What I do is to go back into the memory core to deal with volatile and toxic materials. The poem is both the hazmat suit and the ceramic form that contains and makes sense of fragmented, overwhelming experiences."

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