poemof the moment
Door, you have been painted many things; argument red, family yellow, divorce brown.
about the poem
'One Year the Door Will Open' appears in Van Winkle's most recently published collection, his second, The Good Dark, which is published by Penned in the Margins. Spoken by someone who feels a certain kinship with a rather battered door, the poem is in the end optimistic, or at least expecting a change in circumstances, as the title nods towards.
Door, Turquoise by michaelgoodin, under a Creative Commons licence
poem chosen by…
As I’m about to, once more, move house and city, Ryan’s poem reminds me of the constant flux which seems necessary for true growth. This door which has been ‘argument red, family yellow, divorce brown’ is all of a life’s doors, tainted with our own experiences, sometimes accurately, sometimes unfairly. In the midst of external change there is also the expectancy of a greater one, which will make us other, bring us home.
Ryan Van Winkle
Ryan Van Winkle was Poet in Residence at Edinburgh City Libraries following a successful run as the Scottish Poetry Library’s first-ever Reader in Residence. A practiced podcaster, he presented and produced podcasts for the SPL for seven years. His critically praised first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010. He was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship in 2012. His poetry / theatre experiment Red, Like Our Room Used to Feel was the 6th highest rated rated show of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012.