To know viggo Mortensen is
to read his poetry, appreciate his paintings, look at his photographs, and
listen to his music. These are his own creations. These are in
his own control, unlike his films, which he states, are partly out of his
control. He'll do his scenes, but they will not necessarily be
included in the final cut of the movie.
You probably have your own
favorite Mortensen artistic medium. Or maybe you like all of
them. I, too, like all of them. However, of all his artistic
mediums, his poetry is what affects me the most. Why? Because
I like words, how they're combined together, how they are carefully placed
in a line or stanza, how they are cut off, only to be continued on to the
next line, how they can create images, and so on.
To illustrate my point, here
is an example from the first poem that appears in his book, Coincidence
of Memory. First, the poem will be given and then I will show
the parts I like about it.
THE RIGHT SONG
UP IN A
STAYS IN YOUR FIST
YOUR HAIR. (1992)
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