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In this beautifully illustrated book, the artist combines photographs, paintings, and poems that span his artistic output from 1978 to 2002.
Hardcover, 66 pages
Published August 9th 2002 by Perceval Press
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Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
This was good. Interesting but good. The photographs were also good. The poetry as well. That cover though.
Shana
Mar 27, 2012 Shana rated it liked it
Shelves: photography
I had no idea this was the same Viggo M., the actor, most widely known for his role in Hidalgo and The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Although I didn't find his photography all that intriguing, I did find his poetry to be thought-provoking...and at times, almost difficult to read due to what I felt was an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. The written descriptions throughout appeared to be memoirs of his short-lived marriage.
emma
Jul 08, 2011 emma rated it it was amazing
By far one of the very best art poetry combinations I have had the pleasure of reading in my life time. One of the books I will re-read and re-read.
Stacy
Apr 23, 2011 Stacy rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite of Viggo's books. Beautiful writing, and haunting photographs.
Debs
Feb 04, 2010 Debs rated it really liked it
Probably my favorite of Viggo's books. The photographs are particularly haunting.
Lara
Feb 05, 2008 Lara rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-poetics, 2008
The photographs, poems and collages assembled in this book are strikingly beautiful.
Christina Welsh
Feb 17, 2012 Christina Welsh rated it it was amazing
An absolutely beautiful and moving book.
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Viggo Peter Mortensen, Jr. is a Golden Globe- and Academy Award-nominated Danish American theater and movie actor, poet, musician, photographer and painter.

He is perhaps best known for his roles as Aragorn in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Frank T. Hopkins in Hidalgo, David Shaw in A Perfect Murder, Tom Stall in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence and as Nikolai Luzhin in
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“1.
WE'VE LEFT SHORE SOMEHOW
BECOME THE FRIENDS
OF EARLY THEORY
CLOSE ENOUGH TO SPEAK
DESIRE AND PAIN OF ABSENCE
OF MISTAKES WE'D MAKE
GIVEN THE CHANCE.

EACH SMILE RETURNED
MAKES HARDER AVOIDING
DREAMS THAT SEE US
LYING IN EARLY EVENING
CURTAIN SHADOWS, SKIN
SAFE AGAINST SKIN.
BLOOM OF COMPASSION
RESPECT FOR MOMENTS
EYES LOCK TURNS
FOREVER INTO ONE MORE
VEIL THAT FALLS AWAY.

2.
THIS AFTER SEEING YOU
LAST NIGHT, FIRST TIME
SMELLING YOU WITH
PERMISSION: SHOULDERS TO
WONDER OPENLY AT
AS CAREFULLY KISSED
AS THOSE ARMS
WAITED IMPOSSIBLY ON.
THEY'VE HELD ME NOW
AND YOUR BREATH
DOWN MY BACK
SENT AWAY NIGHT AIR
THAT HAD ME SHAKING
IN THE UNLIT ANGLICAN
DOORWAY.
3.
ARE WE RUINED FOR
FINDING OUR FACES FIT
AND WANT TO KNOW MORE
ABOUT MORNING? IS
FRIENDSHIP CANCELLED
IF WE CAN'T CALL
EACH OTHER ANYMORE
IN AMNESIA, INVITE
OURSELVES TO LAST GLANCES
UNDER SUSPICIOUS CLOCKS
TELLING US WHEN WE'VE
HAD ENOUGH?

4.
YOUR STEADY HANDS
CRADLING MY GRATEFUL
SKULL: WERE YOU TAKING
IN MY FACE TO
SAVE AN IMAGE
YOU'VE RARELY ALLOWED
YOURSELF AFTER LEAVING
THAT COLD ALCOVE?
AM I A PHOTOGRAPH
YOU GAZE AT IN
MOMENTS OF WEAKNESS?

YOU ORDERED ME
OFF MY KNEES
INTO YOUR ARMS.
WASN'T TO BEG
THAT I KNELT; ONLY
TO SEE YOU ONCE
FROM BELOW.

TRIED TO SAY SOMETHING
THAT FILLED MY MOUTH
AND LONGED TO REST
IN YOUR EAR.
DON'T DARE WRITE
IT DOWN FOR FEAR IT'LL
BECOME WORDS, JUST
WORDS.”
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“Am i a photograph
you gaze at in
moments of weakness?
You ordered me
off my knees
into your arms
Wasn't to beg
that I knelt; only
to see you once
from below.”
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