Leonard Cohen Quotes (Author of Book of Longing)
Leonard Cohen — A Thousand Kisses Deep (spoken poem)
Book Love: Leonard Cohen Selected Poems 1956 – 1968 // 05
Welcome to the 5th installment of Book Love: a series in which I tell you all about the resources, guides, and inspirational books that I love. I first came across this book while sitting cross-legged on the floor of a beautiful house on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. Craig and I were staying with friends while on vacation and the house where we stayed was brimming with books and maps and musical instruments. When I opened this book I was shocked by how stark and simple and beautiful the writing was. Of course, I am drawn to his poems about love and people and heartbreak.
T he first time I came across Leonard Cohen — before I had ever heard his songs — I was an opinionated year-old. I was drawn to a volume of his poetry in a bookshop but when I got it home dismissed it as a too depressed and b — more snootily — as not literature. This grand book, The Flame , elegantly and posthumously published by Canongate, includes lyrics of last-gasp beauty from You Want It Darker — his final album with its against-the-odds satisfactions to do partly with the octogenarian unlikeliness of its existing at all. And as for the depression, it has a heroism now. Perhaps there was too much of the old man in the younger poet; youthful spark in the older writer is a finer thing. Whatever the truth, what is remarkable is that Cohen remained an unreconstructed romantic right to the end he died in , aged His songs are also a dance; this is the poetry of relationship.
He was one of the most enigmatic and fascinating characters, and that, alongside his many talents, played a huge role in the way he managed to retain his audience for nearly six decades. Here are 22 Leonard Cohen quotes to carry you through the most wonderful aspects of life and make you wanna dance to the end of love. Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as a secret to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh. Avoid the flourish. Do not be afraid to be weak.