“Intimate and haunting.” The Guardian.
The Good Dark is the place we go to remember. The Good Dark is the place we go to take account. In his powerful second collection, Ryan Van Winkle charts loves won and loves lost. A lyric voice that is both familiar and strangely different leads us through the forests of memory and towards a grim acknowledgement of the obligation to get up, to be careful, to move.
Ryan Van Winkle was born in New Haven, Connecticut. His debut collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010. His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Guardian and Scotland on Sunday. He has performed the poetry/theatre show Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel at Battersea Arts Centre, London Literature Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was the 6th highest rated show of 2012. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2012. He lives in Edinburgh, where he is Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries.