The Flame

The Flame

Poems and Selections From Notebooks

Book - 2018
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"The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen's last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life. Featuring lyrics, prose pieces, and illustrations, the book also contains an extensive selection from Cohen's notebooks, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker. An enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen's storied literary career, The Flame showcases the full range of Leonard Cohen's lyricism, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who set out to explore our darkest questions and came back wanting, yearning for more."
Publisher: [Toronto] : McClelland & Stewart, 2018
Branch Call Number: 819.1 C678f
Characteristics: 275 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Feb 13, 2019

Best are the two intros - all those notebooks - even one in the freezer - and the final piece, the famous speech on receiving an especially revered poetry award. Although Leonard Cohen lived often in the U.S., typically with one or another of the disappointed and occasionally quite venal Mariannes to whom he invariably said goodbye, he forever belongs to Montreal. His poetry is all Montreal - the magnificent old cathedrals and their towering statuary keeping watch over the city, including one of Canada's most celebrated Jewish neighborhoods.

Canadians should be proud that we showed uncharacteristic good sense in revering one of our own and a contemporary poet at that as a national treasure. This book reminds us why this is so. Highly recommended.

Oct 15, 2018

hallelujah ++

song or poem

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