Ryan Van Winkle is quite the poetic presence online. While launching his first collection, he embarked on a'Virtual Book Tour' - in which he visited and, to a certain extent, occupied a number of blogs all over the world, such as Rob A. Mackenzie's 'Surroundings' blog, Molossus and the Scottish Book Trust.
Ryan Van Winkle has been many things: a knife salesman, political activist, kitchen porter and, most recently, Reader in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and Edinburgh City Libraries. While at The Scottish Poetry Library, he also produced a number of podcasts. To see the whole, mammoth impressive list of them, click here.
Below is a poem from him that appears on theSalt website
They Will Go On
The western horizon is still lightning blue.
To the east, everything is side-of-the-bridge grey.
I am patient as trees and flowers, desert cacti.
The grandkids hide inside with swollen eyes
and I want the rain to come quick, slap
their pale necks. I've counted the summers left
and the young should take this rain beside me
as I took father's wheat, corn, and whole bloody harvest.
I roll one more September cigarette,
Summer coughs her last cough ;
a dribble from which the children hide,
stay dry as rain loosens soil.
You can see some interviews with Ryan below.