won in the seventh


Category Poetry

Between 2008-2011, Nick Fisk was the editor of Cardiff-based poetry and writers' magazine, Square, which was a product of the Square Writers' Circle and featured contributions from the 2022 Wales Book of the Year poetry award winner, Jeremy Dixon. 

The title of this collection represents positivity. It was inspired by a tiktok video featuring Tyson Fury sent to Nick by a friend and fellow Cardiff City Fan while he was in Hafan y Coed. Tyson Fury, who himself battled mental health issues to return and become the heavy weight champion is a hero of Nick’s. In his second fight versus Deontay Wilder, Fury won in the seventh round, scoring Nick a nice little earner of £200 from a free £5 bet. The number seven is also of course a lucky number and often considered to be God’s own number.

Fisk describes his own poetry as "not as cheap as Tesco Value but not as pretentious as Tesco Finest". He has flair for performance and slam poetry and was a finalist in the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry in 2009. He was also one of four poets to represent Wales in the first ever tri-nations poetry slam in 2006, where he helped Wales come second.

He has self-published seven books of poetry, including the single before the album, Departure Lounge 25, Departure Lounge 58 and Daimunz R 4E4. He has also published a book by J. Brookes, titled The Dresden Cantata, through the Square Books imprint. won in the seventh is Fisk’s first major publication since The Blues are Back in Town in 2015 (Parthian Books).