What is ekprhastic poetry?
"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, the first published collection of ekphrastic poetry by
poet, author, playwright and dramaturg
Per K. Brask,
is a modern take on this poetic tradition.
Written in "plain speech," these accessible and insightful poems express
the poet's playful attention to a live performance, work of art, exhibit
or life moment. Readers will be delighted and inspired by these
beautifully wrought personal reflections on concrete things.
"Per Brask's A Spectator contains many insights
on, and 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 playwright's pen." AOM
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