They Also Wrote Poetry pt. 4

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Viggo Mortensen. Most people know him from his acting roles in The Lord or the Rings Trilogy, The Road or Hidalgo. Far fewer people recognize him for his many poetry collections. Mortensen often incorporates art and photography into his works, creating a layered and multifaceted read. The sample of poetry that follows is taken from his book Recent Forgeries:

 

HOME

HE’S GOT A DEEP, ABIDING RESPECT

VERGING ON IDOL WORSHIP

FOR WHERE THINGS END UP.

THERE ARE UNOPENED LETTERS

IN HIS REFRIGERATOR, A FAKE

FINGERNAIL IN THE SOAPDISH,

SHOES EVERYPLACE.

THESE THINGS, AND MANY MORE

LEAVINGS, FRAGMENTS, BALANCING

REMINDERS OF A BREEZE

FROM A SLAMMED DOOR–

CONFIGURATIONS OF SANCTIFIED LOOSE ENDS–

HAVE BECOME THE LIVING NET

ABOVE WHICH HE PERFORMS

THE MOVEMENTS THAT MAKE

THE CLOCK WORK.

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