Ryan is also an award winning poet and Tomorrow, We Will Live here is his first collection and I've finally got round to reviewing it!
There is something about these poems, which makes me want to re-read them. Ryan has a distinctive poetic voice (something that seems not too common these days to be honest) and a real ability to create mood and atmosphere.
There's a sense of times lost in may of these poems. In My 100-Year Old Ghost, he talks about his ghost who:
........................tries to sell me on simpler times:
the grass soft, endless -
pools of crickets singing.
In They Tore the Bridge Down a Year Later he regrets the new bridge, where the traffic is too heavy
and me and my boy can't sit there,
let the water pass.
There are poems here about the smell of gasoline, doing the laundry, the sense of dread of moving into a new home (The Apartment, which ends: and Christ, tomorrow / we will live here) and a death row prisoner dreaming of rain. Plenty of poems about various stages of relationships too.
Tomorrow, We Will Live Here by Ryan van Winkle published by Salt.
posted as part of Brighton Blogger's 2012 reading Challenge
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