NPM 2011: Prompt -1

In photography, bokeh (Japanese pronunciation: [boke][1][2]) is the blur,[3][2] or the aesthetic quality of the blur,[4][5][6] in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.”[7] Differences in lens aberrations and aperture shape cause some lens designs to blur the image in a way that is pleasing to the eye, while others produce blurring that is unpleasant or distracting—”good” and “bad” bokeh, respectively.[3] Bokeh occurs for parts of the scene that lie outside the depth of field. Photographers sometimes deliberately use a shallow focus technique to create images with prominent out-of-focus regions. #

Sometimes, it’s what’s blurry that’s most important.  As we get ready to focus on poetry, I wonder what’s blurry for you right now.  Today, as preparation, write about that. #

12 thoughts on “NPM 2011: Prompt -1

  1. Great prompt, I love it! I’ll be thinking about this tonight. Haven’t decided whether I will write in your comments or on my own doc.

  2. Hey Bud!
    You certainly appealed to the photographer in me with this here first prompt! I’m also curious if there’s anything more I should know about your poetry prompts. My students and I are just about to wrap up the March Slice of Life Story Challenge, and I wonder if this might be a nice segue for us.
    Amanda´s last blog post ..Student Support for NWP

    1. Amanda,

      You’re all welcome to join us. Look back a post or two for the details, but there’s not much to say – every day a prompt. Write if you can. Share what you write. Read and enjoy others’ poems.

      We would love to have y’all stop by when you could.

  3. “Depth of Field”

    It feels as if the world were as flat as a photograph.
    There’s what I see.
    There’s what you see.
    Sometimes these two line up.

    Sometimes they don’t.

    That’s when we have to plumb
    The depth of field–
    The spaces between–
    The things that lie just out of reach.
    Objects comfortably blurred–
    We can call them whatever we want
    From our own planetary alignment.

    That doesn’t make them real.
    What makes us reach beyond?
    What price to pay if we don’t?

  4. There is nothing in the world more humbling to me than to post my poetry for the world to see. It feels very, very hard. Poems come into focus slowly for me…not so much bokeh but blur. But I have spent the past few years living National Poetry Month out loud and we have a nice little group on the twitter committed to supporting one another to write a poem a day.

    To that end, I also want to invite those using twitter to tweet out links with the hashtag #poemaday so we can find and read your poems: you can event link to your comments here on Bud’s blog or wherever you find yourself inspired and posting. There is a small group of us tagging that way and we will cheer you on 🙂

    Thanks again for this, Bud. It is much appreciated.
    Andrea´s last blog post ..Hypnotized by Bright Objects- National Poetry Month 2011

  5. My mind is Bokeh
    Always in or out of focus
    When it is set on one thing
    It sharpens the picture
    It struggles to understand
    Why it is partially blinded
    Why it is so miraculously
    Drawn to the beautiful object
    It’s focus is in
    The Bokeh subdues

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