Viggo Mortenson, star of Stubbly Elf-botherer, Naked Man at the Russian Bath, Ex-Mobster Shoots Man in Diner, and more, has ‘come out’ as a writer of poetry.
“The prospect of having someone of Viggo’s profile as an ambassador for our art-form is very heartening,” said Rodney Blatchweaver‘s mum Muriel. “Now maybe more people will take Rodney seriously.”
With poems like Ennui* it seems that Viggo is set to take the arts world by storm.
Stare into the mirror
Who am I?
An Elf lover?
A naked wrestler?
These questions haunt me
As I stare into my beautiful eyes
And run my hands through my
Thick, lustrous hair -
“If there was an Oscar for poetry, Viggo should get one. Now, when I tell people I’m a poet, they no longer laugh in my face. Thank you Viggo!” said Rachel Bucktoof.
We asked Poet Laureate Inigo Yelp to comment on Viggo’s longterm influence on the form.
IY: Who is he?
Q: . …! A world-famous movie star.
IY: What’s he been in?
IY: Naked wrestling, eh? I’ll have to take a look at that. What was the question?
IY: You should be writing about Rodney Blatchweaver. That young up-and-comer is making waves in this town. He’s going to put poetry on the map. What was the question?
IY: Hmm that’s a tough one. What’s his work like?
Q: Powerfully understated and tinged with a melancholic awareness of man’s fleeting mortality.
IY: Give us one then.
Q: (Reciting from Viggo’s book Blasphemy of the Soul
Why must I lie?
I should be in nature
One with the sparrows
Instead of pretending to kick
Some guy’s ass nine ways to Sunday
Pretending to psycho-analyse beautiful women
Pretending to not be upset when I don’t get nominated.
Irony cuts deep
Like that time I went fishing.
The honest trout
Has no silver tongue
His scales help him to swim faster
Not get women to sleep with him.
He. Is. No. Liar.
(A long silence ensues)
Q: I’m probably not putting the depth of feeling into it that Viggo does.
(The silence continues)
IY: I’m speechless.