Midwinter – Poetry Reading by Andrew S Fisk

Watch the Poetry Reading of MIDWINTER:

Poem read by Holly Sarchfield

1) What is the theme of your poem?

That even in the most mundane situation we are surrounded by mystical forces that can influence our lives. Here is a quiet town in the Midwest in the middle of winter…yet the people have encounters with ghosts and spirit and a surprisingly vindictive nature.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

There is a great book of short stories written by Bernard Malamud called “The Magic Barrel.” One reviewer described the stories as “the place where reality and imagination meet.” That is a reaction I would like. Reality and imagination have met, clashed in this poem…and imagination seems to winning.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Years and years. Since I was an undergraduate English major. I stopped wiring for a long time but came back to it when I thought my brain was shutting down.

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

The Swedish poet, Tomas Transtromer. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2011. But I was a fan long before that.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I have worked with WILDsound before on other creative projects, such as screenplay contests and videotaped readings. I was very pleased with their feedback.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I also write feature-length screenplays, TV pilots and short films as well. Without giving you my entire resume, one of my short scripts “The Guy Knows Everything” won a number of festivals and is available on Vimeo.

7) What is your passion in life?

Cranking out the work, becoming a better writer, taking ideas that seem wildly implausible into the real world and seeing that people actually like them.

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