Interview with Poet Ryan Christiansen (OF VIRTUE, LOVE AND WAR

1) What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of the poem is love. Specifically, that it is real, that that fact must be remembered always, and that it must be fought for. The Poem pictures Romantic love but Romantic love (eros) can be an expression of the higher, unconditional love, (“Agape Love”) and serves as a metaphor for that equally well in this case. This poem and the collection of poems it comes from (“Of Virtue, Love and War”) explore various permutations of this theme

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

There’s a quote; “When in the darkness, remember what you learned in the light”. I wrote this poem to communicate that idea, specifically about love. I wrote it as well as several other poems to reach people who have drifted into darkness and must be reminded of the light… that it is real, even if it can’t be seen at the moment. In that sense I wrote it for myself as well to serve that same purpose; sort of the way Emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote the “Meditations”, to remind himself of the good that life had taught him.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Oh, boy… since high school…. so a long time:)

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

That’s really hard. I couldn’t narrow it to one but a short list would be; Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Lincoln, James Madison and Jesus.

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

Like I was saying, I wanted to reach people in dark, hopeless places. I thought having it read would help and because I’ve heard readings of some of my favorite poems, like “If”, by Rudyard Kipling and found them beautiful.

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

Yes, I write screenplays (both film and tv as well as a webisode I’m working on) and want to make one of my fantasy screenplays into a trilogy of novels

7) What is your passion in life?

It may sound sappy but seeking truth; in art, philosophy, history, faith, science.

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By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival www.wildsound.ca

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