“DEEP FOCUS” (sound library series, volume 54)
Deep focus–the photography technique where the foreground, middle ground, and background are all equally in focus. Where what’s seemingly “in front” and what’s seemingly peripheral are given equal weight. Anyone who’s seen Orson Welles’ CITIZEN KANE or MR. ARKADIN knows the technique. While watching ARKADIN back in December—-and around the same time listening to the Radu Malfatti ‘B-Boim’ cdr of “Three Backgrounds,” which in its own way also deals with issues of perspective and depth—-I wondered if I could somehow transpose this technique to poetry. I then read the following lines in a John Ashbery poem called Tapestry: “It is difficult to separate the tapestry/From the room or loom which takes precedence over it./For it must always be frontal and yet to one side.” Thus my 28-stanza poem DEEP FOCUS was born.
The poetic depth of field is very large; peripheral and central, major and minor, the featured and the hidden, the intended and the unintended are all equally in focus and placed in suspension here. Think of it as a core sample, an archeologist’s excavation of the now…and eventually forever.
This is a piece I’ll be recording soon for the poetry-music album I’m doing with Anthony Guerra. Hope you enjoy it.
DEEP FOCUS. It will put you into deep shock…or not (ap0logies to Dario Argento).
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