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John Jordan (poet)

John Jordan
Patrick Swift, c. 1950
Born (1930-04-08)8 April 1930
Died 6 June 1988(1988-06-06) (aged 58)
Cardiff, Wales
Occupation Poet, critic, short-story writer
Nationality Irish
Education University College Dublin; Pembroke College, Oxford

John Jordan (1930–1988) was an Irish poet and short-story writer.

Life and work

Born in Harold's Cross Dublin on 8 April 1930, Jordan was educated at Synge Street CBS, University College, Dublin (U.C.D.) and Pembroke College, Oxford. In his teens he acted on the stage of the Gate Theatre, Dublin, before winning a Scholarship in English and French to Oxford University from U.C.D. In the mid-1950s he returned to U.C.D. as a lecturer in English and taught there until the end of the 1960s. He also lectured on sabbatical leave at the Memorial University in Newfoundland and briefly at Princeton University in the U.S. Founding member of Aosdána. He was a celebrated literary critic from the late 1950s until his death in June, 1988 in Cardiff, Wales, where he had been participating in the Merriman Summer School.

He was a short-story writer, a poet and a broadcaster. In 1962 he re-founded and edited the literary magazine portrait of Jordan, which he never finished. This work now hangs in The Dublin Writers Museum, Ireland.


Collections of poetry

  • Patrician Stations, New Writers Press (Dublin, 1971)
  • A Raft From Flotsam, Gallery Press (Dublin, 1975)
  • Blood and Stations, Gallery Press (Dublin, 1976)
  • With Whom Did I Share The Crystal, (St. Bruno Press, 1980)
  • Collected Poems, Dedalus Press, (Dublin, 1991)
  • Selected Poems, Dedalus Press, (Dublin, 2008)


  • Yarns, Poolbeg Press, (Dublin, 1977)
  • Collected Stories, Poolbeg Press, (Dublin, 1991)
  • Selected Prose: Crystal Clear, Lilliput Press (Dublin, 2006)


  • The Pleasures of Gaelic Literature (Mercier Press, 1977)
  • Poetry Ireland, 1962-68 [Nos. 1-8]
  • Poetry Ireland Review, 1981-
  • Special issue on Kate O'Brien, ed. John Jordan, Stony Thursday Book, vol. 7, 1981

Further reading

  • "Joyce Without Fears: A Personal Journey", A Bash in the Tunnel: James Joyce by the Irish, ed. John Ryan (Brighton: Clifton Books 1970), pp. 135–46;
  • - John Jordan
  • Aosdána - John Jordan
  • Remembering How We Stood, John Ryan (Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 1975).
  • Envoy, A Review of Literature and Art
  • Dead as Doornails, Anthony Cronin (Dublin, Dolmen Press, 1976)
  • Essay and poem on Patrick Swift:Patrick Swift 1927-83 (Gandon Editions, 1993)
  • In Memoriam - John Jordan
  • Poets in Profile - Hugh McFadden
  • Irish Writers Online - John Jordan
  • The Lilliput Press
  • , John Jordan")
  • Collector's Poet, Thomas MacGreevy - John Jordan
  • National Library of Ireland - John Jordan Papers

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