In the introductory
article of Viggo Mortensen's book, Recent Forgeries, he talks about
going to an art show in New York. After seeing the show, he says, "So much has
already been done and there's not much that's new. You can't let
that stop you though, because the actual exercise of just poking around in
the debris is worthwhile."
This is reinforced by the
following quote: "Poetry
is a game made difficult for the fun of it."
Here are some phrases in his poetry that made me look at them more than once:
"A jet heard only when
"A window might as well
be a wall."
"Motion is a
"Sounding like a sack
of broken chandeliers."
"At the end of
To me, these stand on their
own as phrases, even when taken out of context from the entire poem.
Also, in the excellent
movie, G.I. Jane, Mortensen recites the following poem by D.H.
never saw a wild thing
small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
ever having felt sorry for itself.
This, of course, is meant
for Demi Moore's character and is the heart of the film.
More poetry here and Poetry Site Map.
Mortenson Poetry can
be bought here:
Viggo Mortensen Index