Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Depth of field

While walking to the bus this morning, I was looking for possible camera shots. Please keep in mind that I am no photographer—but just looking reminded me of a current problem in my photographs: What I see in three dimensions doesn't necessarily translate to the two dimensions of a photograph. I have deleted a lot of pictures.

This is a good metaphor for the way I often feel about poems in progress—or even poems that seem as done as I can get them. I've called them "bagatelles," but I think that I may feel that they are superficial—two dimensional instead of three dimensional or more. The trick is how to get down to—how to expose—that extra depth.

How do you get down to the depth? How do you know?

How do you reveal the whole picture?

No comments: