Book of Longing

Book of Longing

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Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is one of the legendary writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of our time. Book of Longing is his new collection of poetry - twenty years in the making - written on southern California's Mount Baldy and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. Following his acclaimed 1984…  See more details below

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Internationally celebrated for his writing and his music, Leonard Cohen is one of the legendary writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of our time. Book of Longing is his new collection of poetry - twenty years in the making - written on southern California's Mount Baldy and in Los Angeles, Montreal, and Mumbai. Following his acclaimed 1984 publication, Book of Mercy, and containing Cohen's own line drawings, Book of Longing brings together all the elements that have elevated Leonard Cohen's artistry to worldwide recognition.

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"I tried to love you my way, / But I couldn't make it hold. / So closed the Book of Longing / And I do what I am told." Leonard Cohen's poignant book of poetry and artwork draws its title from his That Don't Make It Junk CD. As usual, the Canadian poet/singer/songwriter once described as "part wolf, part angel" exceeds every expectation. A little wild bouquet for all the beautiful losers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061125584
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/09/2006
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
767,450
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.85(d)

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Book of Longing


By Leonard Cohen

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Leonard Cohen
All right reserved.

ISBN: 006112558X

The Book of Longing

I can't make the hills
The system is shot
I'm living on pills
For which I thank G-d

I followed the course
From chaos to art
Desire the horse
Depression the cart

I sailed like a swan
I sank like a rock
But time is long gone
Past my laughing stock

My page was too white
My ink was too thin
The day wouldn't write
What the night pencilled in

My animal howls
My angel's upset
But I'm not allowed
A trace of regret

For someone will use
What I couldn't be
My heart will be hers
Impersonally

She'll step on the path
She'll see what I mean
My will cut in half
And freedom between

For less than a second
Our lives will collide
The endless suspended
The door open wide

Then she will be born
To someone like you
What no one has done
She'll continue to do

I know she is coming
I know she will look
And that is the longing
And this is the book

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Meet the Author

Leonard Cohen’s artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (just reissued). He has published two novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, and ten books of poetry, most recently Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs and Book of Longing. He has to date made seventeen albums, the latest being Dear Heather. Numerous tribute albums, in many languages, have celebrated his songs. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Montreal.

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A long time fan of Cohen's music it is still nice to see the poetic roots that make his imagry so compelling. I would recomend this to anyone who likes COhen, bob dylan, or TS Eliot