A Spectator: Ekphrastic Poetry

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Fictive Press, Dec 22, 2014 - Poetry - 82 pages

 A Spectator is the first published collection of ekphrastic poetry by poet, author, playwright and dramaturge Per K. Brask. "Ekphrasis” is defined as literary commentary on a work of art. Think John Keat's poems "Ode on a Grecian Urn" or "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles for the First Time." A Spectator is a modern take on this poetic tradition. 

Written in "plain speech," these 50 accessible and insightful poems express the poet's playful attention to live performances, works of art, exhibits or life moments. Readers will be delighted and inspired by these beautifully wrought personal reflections on concrete things.

"A Spectator contains many insights from watching theatrical performance, but its greatest accomplishment is its practice of ekphrasis. Adopting a highly dramatic form for his literary account of theatrical events, Brask offers an ongoing behind-the-scenes look at how one might attend to a work of performed art, as well as a fine example of the affect of dramatic writing. A Spectator offers an engaging series of reflections from an engaged spectator with a playwrights pen." Reviewed by AOM

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About the author (2014)

Per K. Brask is an accomplished dramaturge and author who has published poetry, plays, short stories, essays and literary translations...and more.

Fictive Press has published his last two poetry collections, A Spectator and Above Palm Canyon and Other Places in the Mind. In October, 2014, he luanched his translation of Andreas Simonsen's Foundational Thoughts in Judaism at a joint event at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg, Canada, where his wife, Carol Matas, an award-winning children's and YA author, also launched Tucson Jo, an historical novel for middle grades.

Since 1982, Per Brask has taught acting, playwriting, directing, theatre aesthetics and play analysis in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Winnipeg (Canada) and was appointed Visiting Professor in Theatre and Consciousness at the University of Lincoln (UK) from 2010 to 2013. In 2014, he was guest editor of the special issue on the Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre for Rhubarb Magazine.

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