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As a poet, Viggo Mortensen excels.  Why?  Because of images portrayed in the following poem, Five Thousand Years, from his book, Coincidence of Memory.  The last three lines form an image of timelessness that reverberates back to the title.  It also has sound--of the echoes of living, as portrayed by "school bells" that "echo."  It also has space--of "north and south."  It also has pain--of "dying fields" and "bloody quarries."  

Also, there are wonderful techniques that he uses, such as how "dying fields" continues on to "across the sea."  The fact he cuts the line in this way is to give you something unexpected--"dying fields across the sea" gives a fresh image.  The fields and quarries are paralleled from across the sea.  The color here is "brown" because of the dying fields and of the desert, and this color is repeated at the 13th line of the poem.

Another effective cut is how the word, "rulers"--meaning "pharoahs" becomes a schoolchild's instrument because of the next line.  This one word becomes packed with many levels of meaning from one line to the other.

Another example is the cut from "echo" to "north and south."  This image reinforces the two rivers mirroring each other.

Overall, I really like the feel, sound, and the depth of this poem.

FIVE THOUSAND YEARS

IT'S A LONG, LONG WAY

MADE OF STONE

FROM OMAHA TO CAIRO.

FROM THE RIVERBANK

THROUGH THE DYING FIELDS

ACROSS THE SEA

TO THE BLOODY QUARRIES

WHERE THEY KEEP DIGGING

FOR RULERS

WHILE SCHOOL BELLS

ECHO

NORTH AND SOUTH

OFF THE TWIN BROWN

MIRRORS OF THE MISSOURI

AND THE NILE.  

(1991-92)

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