A reckoning with a life live ...more
I PRAY FOR COURAGE
I pray for courage
Now I'm old
To greet the sickness
And the cold
I pray for courage
In the night
To bear the burden
Make it light
I pray for courage
In the time
When suffering comes and
Starts to climb
I pray for courage
At the end
To see death coming
As a friend
i mean, it’s leonard cohen, and it’s the last leonard cohen book we’re ever going to get, so even though i didn’t breathlessly love every single ...more
Farewell 'My Secret Life', 'The Partisan', 'Nevermind'...
Christmas has come early this year for me. A postmortem edition of one of the most revered contemporary magicians of the word!
Choosing between reading and not reading this one is no choice at all! A must read and a must reread god knows how many times.
On rare occasions
The power was given me
To send waves of emotion
through the world. (c)
Let's say that on that lucky night
I found my house in order
and I could slip ...more
the morning light
with a night like this
in my heart soul
Have mercy on those shadows
that fall in love with shadows
The Observer wasn’t kidding when it called Leonard Cohen ‘the last word in love and despair’. This final collection from Cohen has an introduction written by his son Adam, who mentions that “In the last months of his life, despite severe physical limitations, Leonard Cohen made selections for what would be his final volume of poems.”
There are three sections: The f ...more
I have had Leonard Cohen’s last (? Maybe they will dig up more?) collection of poetry/lyrics/notebook thoughts by my bedside for many weeks now. It’s a beautiful book produced by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, including sketches Cohen made of himself and many women he has known. Most of the poems are about love, written late, evidence of a great life (and love life) ended without regre ...more
You wear your widow clothes
I ask who are you mourning for
you say, The man you were before
The man you were before
I loved you
I remember him
Didn't he live
on an island in
the Mediterranean sea
with a mandate from God
to enter the dark
"... we're busted in the blinding lights of Closing Time."
The Flame is a generous collection filled with many poems, the lyrics to his last four albums, and extensive notes from his journals including many revealing passages from throughout his long career. His poem about Kan ...more
The image on the cover is the burning bush, a green tree surrounded by fire and yet is not burned by the flames. Cohen's "flame burned bright within him to the very end," said Robert Kory, manager an ...more
"Steer your way through the ruins of the Altar and the Mall
steer your way through the fables of Creation and the Fall
steer your way past t ...more
I caught the darkness, it was drinking from your cup
I caught the darkness, drinking from your cup
I said is this contagious?
You said just drink it up.
This is a collection of poems, lyrics and notebooks. It is illustrated with little pen and ink drawing Cohen did, mostly of himself, that are moving in their own way.
The lyrics are unfinished and so not complete in the way his published work is but there are all his themes present: love, self-loathing, hope, faith, his Jewis ...more
The first section of “The Flame” contains poems previously unpublished, some honed over decades, and Section 2 ...more
I am the light of
and the radio
and the refrigerator
I loved the Prince of Asturias Award speech, the drawings, and some of the narrations (Michael Shannon is phenomenal); but I would be lying if I said this book was an addition of much importance to the published works of Leonard Cohen, as the proportion of genuinely unseen material it contained would hardly amass to 40% of the book.
After reading The Flame, I’m still in the “I like his stuff but not enoug ...more
“So I’ve come here to revisit
What happens to the heart”
The Flame is Leonard Cohen’s final work, a collection of poems, musings from his personal notebook, self-potraits intimately drawn by his own hand and more. It’s a walk through Cohen’s mind and heart, writing until his final breath, because those who make magic out of their words rely on them to make sense of this human experience. Cohen’s revelations were always in his poems, lyrics more th ...more
It was powerful and I recommend you hear it on audio, there are several readers, guaranteed to please. ...more
The book is broken into four sections and so is my review.
I have loved Mr. Cohen's voice for many years and in this his last collection it remains strong. Do not expect any ground breaking discovery, but instead a voice that is strong and confident. 4.5
Included in the b ...more
Very briefly, here are some pros and cons with this book.
-Leonard Cohen! If you like him at all, you might as well pick this up. I dunno how much insight it gives into his life or anything like that - there are far more "poems" than "notebooks" - but, y'know, Leonard Cohen.
-As a writer myself, it's very helpful to see another writer's process laid out in print. This is a tremendous rarity, especially for someone as skilled ...more
The Flame, published in 2018, is the final work from Leonard Cohen. This book features poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics and hand-drawn self-portraits, presenting itself lik ...more
Res ipsa loquitur - the thing speaks for itself
The Flame by Leonard Cohen review – the last word in love and despair.
The songwriter and poet’s final writings are full of youthful spark, beauty and romance ...more
I will say I much preferred the strictly poetry sections. I had no idea who Leonard Cohen was when I picked this book up, so I was caught by surprise when I reached the song lyric sect ...more
Cohen's earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1968 album Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music melodies and instrumentation, sung in a high baritone. The 1970s were a musically restless period in which his in ...more