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“I never think dark will come”,
“A House of Empty Rooms”,
Susan Jordan moved to Devon in 2011, having spent most of her life in London. She loves living near Dartmoor and the sea and can’t imagine now how she survived in a city for so long.
She has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, where she specialised in fiction. She had always written poems from time to but started writing poetry more seriously after taking Roselle Angwin’s Elements of Poetry course and then joining Jo Bell’s online poetry group ‘52’ in 2014. Her poems have been published in a number of print and online magazines including Acumen, Ink, Sweat & Tears, The Journal, Lunar Poetry, Obsessed with Pipework, Prole, Snakeskin and the Agenda online supplement. Her poems have also been published in anthologies including The Chronicles of Eve (Paper Swans Press), Well, Dam (ed. Rebecca Bilkau), Skein (Templar Poetry) and Moving Images (Before Your Quiet Eyes Publishing).
Susan enjoys being part of the local poetry scene and is a member of Moor Poets, a network of poets in the Devon area. Her first collection, A House of Empty Rooms, was published by Indigo Dreams in autumn 2017. Her second collection, I never think dark will come, was published by Oversteps Books in February 2021.
Comments on A House of Empty Rooms:
A House of Empty Rooms is filled with deftly crafted, nuanced poems in which Susan Jordan explores the meaning of family, of mortality and change with tenderness and integrity.
A House of Empty Rooms, I think, is an outstanding first collection, full of loss and sadness, but not without humour.
The poems are profound, clear and secure in the moment. It’s totally compelling, tender and captivating.
Comments on I never think dark will come:
Susan’s poetry takes you right inside herself, into a world full of colour and surprising spaces, occasionally self-deprecating ones. I love her magnifying eye for detail. A great title for a first-class collection.
Susan Jordan’s poems are a unique and compelling blend of the meticulous and the visionary, the observant eye and the reflective mind, analysis and empathy. Particularly powerful here are … the challenges impressively met in picking up unpromising subject matter and making it astonishing.
These are deeply thoughtful, measured and finely written poems – There is gentle self-mockery and also celebration, but behind many of the poems there is an angst, an insecurity like that of Virginia Woolf. I never think dark will come is a truly impressive collection.