Deane, John F.

John F. Deane
John F. Deane. Image source johnfdeane.com

John F. Deane was born on Achill Island in 1943.

His poetry collections are Stalking After Time (Dublin, Profile Press, 1977); High Sacrifice (Dublin, Dedalus Press, 1981); Winter in Meath (Dedalus Press, 1984); Road with Cypress and Star (Dedalus Press, 1988); The Stylized City, Selected and New Poems (Dedalus Press, 1991); Walking on Water (Dedalus Press, 1994, reprinted 1995); Toccata and Fugue (Manchester, Carcanet Press, 2001); Manhandling the Deity (Carcanet Press, 2003); A Little Book of Hours (Carcanet, 2008); The Instruments of Art (Carcanet Press, 2005); and Eye of the Hare (Carcanet Press, 2011).

La Cit&eeacute; Stylizée, a collection translated into French, was published by Parole d’Aube, Lyon, France, in 1996.

His translations include The Youth of Don Quixote from the Romanian of Marin Sorescu (Dedalus Press, 1984); The Wild Marketplace, from the Swedish of Tomas Tranströmer (Dedalus Press, 1985); For The Living & the Dead, Tomas Tranströmer, (Dedalus Press, 1993); and The Distribution of Bodies, from the French of Jacques Rancourt, (Dedalus Press, 1995).

His fiction includes the short stories Free Range (Dublin, Wolfhound, 1994); and The Coffin Master and Other Stories (Belfast, Blackstaff Press, 2000); and three novels, One Man’s Place (Dublin, Poolebeg Press, 1994); Flightlines (Poolebeg Press, 1996); and Undertow (Blackstaff Press, 2002).

His memoir is Give Dust a Tongue. A Faith and Poetry Memoir (Dublin, The Columba Press, 2015)

He founded Poetry Ireland, and was formerly the editor of Dedalus Press, a task he passed to Pat Boran.

A member of Aosdána, he was shortlisted for the 2003 T.S. Eliot Award and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award. In 2007 the French Government honoured him by making him Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

He lives in Dublin.


John F. Deane’s website

John F. Deane at Carcanet Press

John F. Deane at The National Library of Ireland


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