Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The Flame: Leonard Cohen’s Final Book

Picked this up a few days ago and am loving it! I highly recommend it and, if you do get yourself a copy, be sure to read both the Forward and the Editorial Note — only a few pages but there are interesting tidbits in both. After those there is no further preamble, next page starts right into the first poem and right from the first stanza (below) you know this book is quintessentially Cohen.

I was always working steady
But never called it art
I was funding my depression 
Meeting Jesus reading Marx
Sure it failed my little fire
But it's bright the dying spark
Go tell the young Messiah
What happens to the heart

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