Fifteen Poems

By Leonard Cohen

This option of poems through Leonard Cohen, probably the most acclaimed singer-songwriters on the planet, is observed by means of twenty-four of his extraordinary and provocative drawings.

Cohen first made his identify as a poet greater than part a century in the past and because then his achievements in poetry and song have made him an across the world respected determine. those fifteen poems, together with "Death of a Lady's Man," "On listening to a reputation lengthy Unspoken," and "The Embrace," are drawn from throughout his striking profession and seem the following for the 1st time together with his illustrations. With its lyrical depth and sensual immediacy, Fifteen Poems deals a effective distillation of the genre-crossing genius of 1 of the main in demand artists of our time.

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And the evening comes on; it’s very calm; i need to pass over, i need to head domestic, yet she says, “Go again, return to the realm. ” —from a variety of Positions, 1984 THE embody should you stumble abruptly into his complete include, he hides away so to not see his creature head to head. You your self are hidden too, with your entire sins of nation; there's no king to pardon you; his mercy is extra intimate. He doesn't stand earlier than you, he doesn't reside inside of; this ardour has no perspective, it's the middle of every thing. there isn't any hill to determine this from. You proportion one physique now with the serpent you forbid, and with the dove that you just let. The imitations of his love he suffers patiently, till you may be born with him a few hopeless evening in Galilee; till you lose your delight in him, until eventually your religion aim fails, till you stretch your fingers so broad you don't need those Roman nails. Idolators on each facet, they make an item of the Lord. They dangle him on a go so excessive you might want to ever circulate towards. They bid you forged the realm apart and hurl your prayers at him. Then the idol-makers dance all evening upon your discomfort. but if you upward push from his embody I belief you can be robust and unfastened and inform no stories approximately his face, and compliment construction joyously. —from Stranger song, 1993 classic BOOKS to be had at any place books are offered. www. vintagebooks.

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