The Good Dark

published by Penned in the Margins, 2015

The Good Dark by Ryan Van Winkle
The Good Dark is the place we go to remember. The Good Dark is the place we go to take account.

‘The Good Dark’ was published in paperback by Penned in the Margins in May 2015.

The Good Dark includes poems from my one-on-one poetry performance Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel (Edinburgh Fringe 2012) and charts what is found when love is lost.

The Good Dark
has been awarded the Saltire Society Scottish Poetry Book of the Year 2015.

“Van Winkle works with the language of love and lost till it is scarcely recoverable but which still nourishes the lover’s past and present. His range is remarkable: everything invokes everything else, the tactile calls in the intellectual, one poem calls in every other poem, mundane tasks call in whole physical and emotional worlds.” — from THE SALTIRE SOCIETY: POETRY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015

You can read more reviews & interviews on The Good Dark page.

“A lyric voice that is both familiar and strangely different leads us through the shifting forests of memory and towards a grim acknowledgement of the need to get up, to be careful, to move.”

You can order The Good Dark here.

ViewMaster: book & album

by Ryan Van Winkle & Dan Gorman

published by Stewed Rhubarb & Invisible Agent, 2014

This chapbook from Stewed Rhubarb press comes with a free digital album from Invisible Agent records. When combined you can re-create the ViewMaster experience at home.

While the live performance cannot be replicated we hope the combination of audio and images along side the physical book will allow you to sample the unique live show in the comfort of your own home.

When you purchase the book or e-book you’ll receive all four poems in text & audio format with Dan Gorman’s original sonic compositions plus the unique visuals from the theatrical performance.

”ViewMaster needs to be read as well as listened to…these poems come to life with Van Winkle’s rhythmic readings and Gorman’s ambient sound work. Emotive and sonic landscapes …. meditative and haunting’
— Gutter Magazine, Issue 12, February 2015

Published byStewed Rhubarb & Invisible Agent records.

Buy the book, e-book & album here


Tomorrow, We Will Live Here

by Ryan Van Winkle

published by Salt, 2010



My first collection, ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here”, was released by Salt Publications in November 2010 after winning the 2009 Crashaw prize. The book is a collection of poems centred around people in uncomfortable situations — often of their own making. Or, as it says on the back of the book:

‘Plain spoken narrators as diverse as the America they inhabit – a pastor’s son, the lonely night nurse and fat boy – are all ill at ease. Through road kill, September 11th and death row characters address their own bitter faults with noir-like melancholy, seeking redemption and absolution. What you will find here is the grist of life – death, love, sex, departure – honed by a poet focused on the gravity, fear and humour of living.’

“Here is a new and authentic voice with a punch in the language.” — Penelope Shuttle


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Buy ‘Tomorrow, We Will Live Here” from Salt.