A Spectator: Ekphrastic Poetry
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