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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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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