Leonard Cohen

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  • ''The term clinical depression finds its way into too many conversations these days. One has a sense that a catastrophe has occurred in the psychic landscape.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Nov. 4, 1988).
  • I have nothing against the Queen of England. Even in my heart I never resented her for not being Jackie Kennedy. She is, to my mind, a very gallant lady, victimized by whoever it is who designs the to...
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. "A Long Letter from F," bk. 2, Beautiful Losers (1970).
  • Israel, and you who call yourself Israel, the Church that calls itself Israel, and the revolt that calls itself Israel, and every nation chosen to be a nation—none of these lands is yours, all of...
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. Book of Mercy, sct. 27 (1984).
  • Raise a million filters and the rain will not be clean, until the longing for it be refined in deep confession. And still we hear, If only this nation had a soul, or, Let us change the way we trade, o...
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. Book of Mercy, sect. 30 (1984).
  • ''To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself.''
    Leonard Cohen (b. 1934), Canadian singer, poet, novelist. Book of Mercy, sect. 27 (1984).
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  • Gold Star - 68,780 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/28/2015 8:15:00 AM)

    Leonard Norman Cohen - a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist - was born on 21 September 1934 in Westmount, Quebec, an English-speaking area of Montreal, into a middle-class Jewish family.
    His mother, Marsha (Masha) Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer, Rabbi Solomon Klonitsky-Kline, of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry.
    His paternal grandfather, whose family had emigrated from Poland, was Lyon Cohen, founding president of the Canadian Jewish Congress.
    His father, Nathan Cohen, who owned a substantial clothing store, died when Cohen was 9 years old.
    On the topic of ''being a Kohen'', Cohen has said that ''I had a very Messianic childhood''.
    He told Richard Goldstein in 1967, ''I was told I was a descendant of Aaron, the high priest''.

  • Gold Star - 68,780 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/28/2015 7:45:00 AM)

    Cohen's Bibliography


    Let Us Compare Mythologies. Montreal: Contact Press [McGill Poetry Series],1956. reissued 2007
    The Spice-Box of Earth. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart,1961.
    Flowers for Hitler. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart,1964.
    Parasites of Heaven. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart,1966.
    Selected Poems 1956–1968. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart,1968.
    The Energy of Slaves. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart,1972. ISBN 0-7710-2204-2 ISBN 0-7710-2203-4 New York: Viking,1973.
    Death of a Lady's Man. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart,1978. ISBN 0-7710-2177-1 London, New York: Viking, Penguin,1979. – reissued 2010
    Book of Mercy. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart,1984. – reissued 2010
    Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs. London, New York, Toronto: Cape, Pantheon, McClelland & Stewart,1993. ISBN 0-7710-2230-1
    Book of Longing. London, New York, Toronto: Penguin, Ecco, McClelland & Stewart,2006. (poetry, prose, drawings) ISBN 978-0-7710-2234-0
    The Lyrics of Leonard Cohen. London: Omnibus Press,2009. ISBN 0-7119-7141-2
    Poems and Songs. New York: Random House (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) ,2011.
    Fifteen Poems. New York: Everyman's Library/Random House,2012. (eBook)


    The Favorite Game. London, New York, Toronto: Secker & Warburg, Viking P, McClelland & Stewart,1963. Reissued as The Favourite Game. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart [New Canadian Library],1994. ISBN 978-0-7710-9954-0
    Beautiful Losers. New York, Toronto: Viking Press, McClelland & Stewart,1966. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart [New Canadian Library],1991. ISBN 978-0-7710-9875-8 McClelland & Stewart [Emblem],2003. ISBN 978-0-7710-2200-5

  • Gold Star - 68,780 Points Fabrizio Frosini (11/28/2015 7:31:00 AM)

    Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received a Princess of Asturias Awards for literature.

    The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen's overall career in popular music by asserting that [he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late '60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making.... Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century.

    His second novel, Beautiful Losers (1966) , received attention from the Canadian press and was considered controversial because of a number of sexually graphic passages.
    The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen's overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that Cohen's successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in 'Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs', published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen's poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics... While it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines.

    [from Wikipedia]

  • Rookie - 10 Points Denis Shiels (1/7/2015 5:30:00 AM)

    You got me singing even though the news is bad
    You got me singing the only song I ever had

    You got me singing even though it all looks grim
    You got me singing the halalujah hymn

  • Rookie Mike Valentine (6/5/2012 2:56:00 PM)

    I am almost the same age as the great Mr. Cohen and have followed his work for many years. To my mind he is one of the greatest poets/lyricists of the last 100 years. Thank you Leonard. An inspiration!

  • Rookie Jack Williams (10/17/2009 12:04:00 PM)

    You came to me this morning
    And you handled me like meat
    You'd have to be a man to know
    How good that feels how sweet
    My mirror twin my next of kin
    I'd know you in my sleep
    And who but you would take me in
    A thousand kisses deep

    I loved you when you opened
    Like a lily to the heat
    I'm just another snowman
    Standing in the rain and sleet
    Who loved you with his frozen love
    His second-hand physique
    With all he is and all he was
    A thousand kisses deep

    I know you had to lie to me
    I know you had to cheat
    To pose all hot and high behind
    The veils of sheer deceit
    Our perfect porn aristocrat
    So elegant and cheap
    I'm old but I'm still into that
    A thousand kisses deep

    And I'm still working with the wine
    Still dancing cheek to cheek
    The band is playing Auld Lang Syne
    The heart will not retreat
    I ran with Diz and Dante
    I never had their sweep
    But once or twice they let me play
    A thousand kisses deep

    The autumn slipped across your skin
    Got something in my eye
    A light that doesn't need to live
    And doesn't need to die
    A riddle in the book of love
    Obscure and obsolete
    Till witnessed here in time and blood
    A thousand kisses deep

    I'm good at love I'm good at hate
    It's in between I freeze
    Been working out but it's too late
    It's been too late for years
    But you look fine you really do
    The pride of Boogie Street
    Somebody must have died for you
    A thousand kisses deep

    I loved you when you opened
    Like a lily to the heat
    I'm just another snowman
    Standing in the rain and sleet
    But you don't need to hear me now
    And every word I speak
    It counts against me anyhow
    A thousand kisses deep.

  • Rookie Swaroopa Rani (7/11/2009 7:31:00 AM)

    Good Evening,
    How are you? Longback, we were in contact of messaging by our poetry, I received some messages and comments from you on my poetry.
    Shall I include your name and E-mail in my friend's list, for invitation of my poetry.
    I hope you will send your E-mail.

    Thank You,
    Dr.M.Swaroopa Rani M.A., Ph.D.

  • Rookie Lydia Glider-Shelley (3/13/2007 11:07:00 AM)

    I don't know how I made it into my 40's before discovering Leonard Cohen's awe-inspiring work. When I watched 'I'm Your Man, ' at first I thought he'd died, and this was a tribute to him: the artists all brought such obvious emotion to their performances. But the further I got through this movie, the more I understood why these people were so intensely gripped by the songs they were sharing... because I felt it too. I feel as though his music has opened up a tightly capped wellspring within me, and the tears pour forth as I write this. I will never be the same again after experiencing his lyrical passion - and I pray for his continued health and well-being, that he may continue to grace us with these priceless soul-feeding jewels. Mr. Cohen: if you ever read this, thank you.

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Best Poem of Leonard Cohen

Dance Me To The End Of Love

Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic 'til I'm gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

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