Poetry performed by Michelle Alexander
Get to know the winning poet:
POETRY 7 questions:
What is the theme of your poem?
The main theme of “Farewells of Mt. Auburn” is honoring the lives of the departed. A major subtheme is eternal life.
How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?
When people read the poem or watch the reading, I would like them to be transported with visual, emotional, and tactile experience.
How long have you been writing poetry?
I have been writing poetry for about fifty years.
Do you have a favorite poet?
If I have to choose a favorite – there are many – at this time in my life I would choose Robert Frost.
What influenced you to submit to the Poetry Festival and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?
I have submitted other material to Wildsound (at least one screenplay) and I had noticed that you had a poetry section as well. So I decided to share this poem.
Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
I have written several screenplays across genres. Some short stories. I have recently completed a one-act stage play which I submitted to a local theater for reading.
What is your passion in life?
I have a passion for many things in life which include: asserting individual freedom against tyranny, savoring artistic free expression in aesthetic terms, and a desire to resonate a literary work with an audience, with the highest preference aimed at creating a work that contributes an archetype that finds its way into everyday life. Commercial rewards help, but I realize I might not see that in my lifetime. That’s another story.