Joanna Catherine Scott

Winner of the Brockman-Campbell Book Award 2006


Includes A Theory of Transcendence,

winner of the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry


A collection of ekphrastic poems

set in Florence, Italy

"If you can’t travel to Florence, read Joanna Catherine Scott’s Fainting at the Uffizi. These poems not only convey a precise sense of place, they explore issues of life and death, history, philosophy—and visual art, of course. Like the best ekphrastic poems, these transcend their triggering subjects, creating a vitality all their own." —Natasha Sajé, author of Red Under the Skin and Bend

"In Fainting at the Uffizi, Scott steps through the wall that separates body from spirit, blackness from color, the work of art from the viewer. Her lush poems explore the space between formlessness and creation, dying and rebirth, the place where art and humanity intersect and a dizzy, luminous beauty takes over." —Geraldine Connolly, author of Province of Fire and Food for the Winter

"Scott’s Ekphrastic treatments are mystical and transcendent, with a sure and compelling personal touch." —Carol Frith, editor, Ekphrasis Magazine 

Judge's comments:

“The poems in Fainting at the Uffizi are ostensibly about observing artworks in Florence, a city that is itself a work of art. But the poet’s concerns go far beyond descriptions of visual objects. She meditates on ideas such as partnership in marriage, motherhood, and the mystery of life in this world versus life in “a new world, strangely off and yet identical.” The music of the lines and the probing quality of thought gave me much pleasure. At times, I stopped in my tracks to savor a line or phrase.” —Thaddeus Rutkowski