David McLoghlin

Florida Fire Child

There was this dude in
Junior High. He was sexually
confused. He was turned on
by fire. He was a
nice guy. He burned a
house down. They caught him
in the bushes jacking off.
They couldn’t help him. He
came. He came hard. It
isn’t practical, unless you’re a


In 2008, poet David McLoghlin was awarded 2nd prize in The Patrick Kavanagh Awards, won 1st prize in the English section of the inaugural Frances Brown Multilingual Poetry Competition, and read with Poetry Ireland’s Introductions reading series for emerging poets. In 2007 he received a three week residency at The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland’s best-known artists’ retreat, and was awarded an Arts Council of Ireland grant in 2006 for his memoir, The Travelled Child, about his family’s emigration to Brussels and Connecticut in the early 1980s. His work has appeared in Poetry Ireland Review, The Shop, Southword, Blue Canary Press and The Stinging Fly. Most recently, a poem will appear this June in eL Paper, a New York-based multi-media publication for which he has also translated fiction from Spanish to English. From Dublin, Ireland, he has worked as a copy editor, a teacher and a translator. In New York he has read at Earshot, Franklin Park and with Teachers and Writers’ Collaborative. Currently an MFA candidate in Creative Writing at NYU, his first collection, Waiting for Saint Brendan, will be published by Salmon Poetry in March 2012.