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Compiled from the literary estate of the singer who brought a wildly lyrical poetry of the damned to the world of rock 'n' roll. Includes unpublished poems, drawings, photos, and a candid self-interview.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Books ed edition (December 17, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679726225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679726227
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By K. Johnson VINE VOICE on March 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a collection of Mojo's poems, and as all poems and writings, they provide insight into interests, perceptions, experiences and latent attitudes towards occurrences. There are occasional B & W stills of Jim, and copies of the original poems in his own handwriting. Those familiar with his life and career will be able to tie in some of them to what you already know of him, while others provide insight into his thoughts about certain things. Here are two of my favorites:
LAMERICA
In my humble opinion "Lamerica" reveals his thoughts on suburban sprawl, encroaching development, and the never-ending tendency for humans to destroy the places where they live. How true then (Viking and explorers who extracted resources). And today in modern times: the "blue maps," being the back-roads of America off of the main interstates (hidden connections).....ending with the last 4 lines that is "end-all," or result.
LAMERICA
Trade routes
guidelines
the Vikings & explorers
discoveres
the unconscious
a map of the states
the blue hiways
beauty of a map
hidden connections
fast trampled forest
madness in a whisper
neon crackle
the hiss of tires
a city growls
rich, vast & sullen
like a slow monster
come to fat
& die
Here's another. More subjective. The curious to learn and experience coupled with wanderlust might interpret this in a personalized way, like I did.
THE OPENING OF THE TRUNK
moment of inner freedom
when the mind is opened
& the infinite universe revealed
& the sould is left to wander
dazed and confus'd searching
here and there for teachers and friends
Jim Morrison
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Susan on April 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
"Wilderness" is a wonderful book of poetry no matter who wrote it. Jim Morrison was interesting to say the least, but his poems really stand on their own. The poems are beautiful, honest, and intriguing and cover a wide range of topics from women to music to America to growing-up. That being said, they offer a candid look at one of rock music's most infamous characters. Though often portrayed as a talentless drunk, the book is proof of the wonderful, sensitive artist that he really was. The style is slightly reminiscent of Beat poetry with beautiful phrases and words placed in specific ways that are visually effective. In addition to the poetry, the book also contains a two-page "self-interview" in which Jim explains kind of how he got into writing and why he loves poetry. "Listen," he says, "real poetry doesn't say anything, it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you." Really, if you are even remotely interested in poetry or Jim Morrison get this book. I promise you won't regret it.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sam on December 29, 1999
Format: Paperback
Wilderness is a wonderful book for anyone who loves to write, or deeply enjoys reading poetry. It is quite sad that some people in our society automatically think that Morrison's poetry is trash just because of the fact that he was a rock star as well as a poet. Morrison wrote beautifully and the depth that he concentrated into each one of his works shines through. This is a great book for anyone who appreciates Morrison or good poetry, I highly recommend it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus Emerson on June 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
The words and images in this book have a way with your mind. They stick in your subconscious as if they are the stories your ancestors told around the campfire.

Jim Morrison's poetry is a mix of Greek mythology, and Shamanic mysticism. Throw in some books from long ago that are deep in the blood of mankind, and you end up with Morrison.

His poetry does not talk about himself. Instead he writes about archetypical themes in a modern setting. His setting was the 60's, which provided a lot of material: Vietnam, new drugs, the Women's Rights Movement, and the Civil Rights Movement.

All of these things were ripping at the fabric of America (and humanity). Morrison's poetry attacks these chaotic times head on. However, he writes as if he were a 19th century poet in the mold of Lord Byron, or Arthur Rimbaud. He achieved his goal, and a place in history.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By asdfasdf5656w on January 23, 2002
Format: Paperback
I don't think Jim would've wanted this particular book to have been published. Unlike his excellent Lords and New Creatures, which Jim himself published, Wilderness was published by his estate after his death. Everything in Jim's will went to his wife Pamela, but after she died it got transferred to her parents. Thus, Pamela's mom and dad get the royalties for his lost writings. Some people might think they published it just to make money, but I doubt that. Obviously some people enjoy Wilderness, despite the unpolished feel of it... which is to say the least about it. I guess the title of the book is appropriate: Lost Writings.
But as I started saying earlier, I don't think Jim would've published this material until after it was completed. He was a man who wanted complete artistic control/freedom. One time he became furious when "Light My Fire" was used for a television commercial. He took his work seriously. Overall I think this book was a blow beneath the belt. It would be like taking someone's unfinished manuscript for a novel and publishing it anyway, without editing, and without it being finished. I guess, however, it serves as a nice glimpse of what Jim was working on. Actually in some parts it's quite good, but that's rare. Most of the material is untitled, short, and confusing.
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