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Like one writer at Slate. It was wonderful to hear Leonard's voice again, and a pleasure to revisit the lyrics to his later period masterpieces: 'Old Ideas,' 'Popular Problems,' and 'You Want it Darker. View 2 comments. Oct 12, Barbara marked it as to-read Shelves: non-fiction , music , poetry , art. It was a tender, loving picture of his father, filled with admiration. Although I am not usually attracted to poetry, Cohen's music and poetry have always held an appeal for me. I look forward to reading this book. Aug 23, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: goodreads-win.
In the last days of his life, Leonard Cohen prepared his last book, gathering drawings, unpublished material, and the lyrics from his last albums. He was a man who knew he was in his last days and an artist who needed to send out one last envoy to the world. That book has been published as The Flame. 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said Robert Kory, manager an In the last days of his life, Leonard Cohen prepared his last book, gathering drawings, unpublished material, and the lyrics from his last albums.
I later bought the songbook. I grew up listening to those songs, singing those songs, strumming chords on my guitar. When an ARC of Cohen's final book The Flame arrived I downloaded the digital album and revisited those songs while opening the book to read. As I worked my way through the book I researched Cohen's life and work online. I discovered the poets who he admired and influenced him, including Frederico Garcia Lorca; Cohen even named his daughter Lorca. The drawings are primarily self-portraits, his face deeply creased and intense, and of women, spiritual imagery, and a few still lifes.
Facsimiles of his manuscripts are also included. The selections are confessional, addressing his personal struggles with depression, relationships, and spiritual meaning. Rhythm is more important than rhyme. The imagery is very personal, arcane, but also with references to Biblical stories and Jewish history.
The message I gather is this: When love fails to save us and faith fails to bring grace, and the world has become merciless, music and poetry become acts of resistance rebellion. The creative urge engenders the flame that can not be quenched or dimmed by the world. I received an ARC from the publisher through a Goodreads giveaway. Aug 18, Brandon Montgomery rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , , poetry , literature. In fact, the poem was almost buried - I'd read the article and had the copy for about a month, I only found it because I was flipping through old ish magazines out of boredom.
It was a gem, and a small joy to discover. It was titled Steer Your Way and it's reprinted here. Here Cohen juxtaposes the sacred and the commercial, the eternal and the temporal. He chooses to capitalize both the words "Altar" and "Mall" suggesting that the narrator probably sarcastically considers them on the same level, each worthy of the same reverence.
All of course, is not well by the time we reach the third verse - We pull back and see the palaces of the rich that "rise above the rot" the slums, the ghettos. Something has went terribly wrong in our consumerist society, causing most everything to rot, to decay. Not exactly as lofty or noble as setting men free.
The Flame by Leonard Cohen
Though this collection contains the lyrics from Cohen's last three records, the vast majority of material here has never appeared in print or on tape before. The author is able to reach contented heights and miserable lows. He oscillates between between warmth and anger, between total devotion to God rendered here, as in his other books, as "G-d" and frustration that God has abandoned him in his time of need " And we who cried for mercy from the bottom of the pit was our prayer so damn unworthy that the Son rejected it? It isn't easy. Even when he confronts his impending death, he usually does it with a grim smile, as in the poem "I Think I'll Blame" "I think I'll blame my death on you but I don't know you well enough if I did we'd be married now.
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He also ruminates on pining for women from the past, or candidly talks about medication, infected teeth, or his legacy Consider "If I Took A Pill" If I took a pill I'd feel so much better I'd write you a poem that sounds like a letter I'm trying to finish my shabby career with a little truth in the now and here. I initially feared the worst about this section - That it would be raided bits from his journals he never intended anyone to read, or perhaps some fragments of poem that were ultimately left unfinished.
Thankfully, that's not what this is. Nevertheless, it's not surprising that these poems aren't as polished as the ones that came in the pages before them, nor are they titled. Despite the obvious flaws, there are a great many gems here. One of the most powerful pieces, certainly in this section and perhaps in the entire book, reads, in part: "I was second to none but I was never best I was old and broke so I could not rest You can call it luck be it good or bad but you don't give up when your heart is dead.
And what did you do with my god and my church and my car and my dick was I supposed to like living on my fucking knees? Regardless, goddamn. There are many more poems, poems about aging, love, falling out of love, the author's children, Dylan stealing his girl back in the sixties, farmers markets, making and writing music, dying, worship, blasphemy, hate, warmth, sin, "G-d," depression, medication - What makes this collection a five star book in my opinion is that Cohen is able to take all these seemingly incongruous feelings and themes and weave them into relatable, beautiful and accessible poems that make logical and emotional sense.
It's a task he often attempted to tackle throughout his career, but it's here in his final work that he succeeds the most at it, making it a perfect capstone for his career, a logical end, a book to which the others had been building. You owe it to yourself to read this one, you won't regret it.
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View all 4 comments. Oct 04, Kent Winward rated it it was amazing. Poems, lyrics, emails, drawings, and notebook entries from the incomparable Leonard Cohen. I read the book and was hit by the joint feeling of meeting with an old friend and a strong sense of loss -- or maybe it felt more like this: I caught the darkness, it was drinking from your cup I caught the darkness, drinking from your cup I said is this contagious?
http://mssresearch.org/scripts/guthrie/como-rastrear-outro-celular-moto-g.php You said just drink it up. I caught the darkness Drinking from your cup I said: Is this contagious? You said: Just drink it up. Nov 07, Robert Yokoyama rated it it was amazing. The Flame is an appropriate title for this book because it describes Leonard's passion for writing and art. There are lyrics to some of his songs that I enjoy.
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There is a song entitled "Half The Perfect World". It is a beautiful love song that I've enjoyed for years, but I never paid attention to the words until I read them in this book. I also love the song entitled "Nightingale". This is a kind of song that makes me appreciate the physical beauty of nature. I also enjoy looking at his self por The Flame is an appropriate title for this book because it describes Leonard's passion for writing and art. I also enjoy looking at his self portraits in this book.
I did not know that Leonard also wrote poetry. I love his poem entitled "I Pray For Courage" because it reminds me to approach death without fear and with dignity and grace. I also love the poem "Flying Over Iceland". I love to visit Iceland to eat lobster and look at beautiful people like Leonard did.
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I also enjoy the poem entitled "Winter on Mount Baldy". I learned this mountain is very close to where my family lives in San Gabriel in California. I have never seen snow where my family lives, and I would like to see it. The poetry of Leonard Cohen is both visual and heartfelt. I love his poems and everything about this book.
Sep 13, Kasa Cotugno rated it it was amazing Shelves: genre-poetry , arc. This book of poems and sketches was the last thing Leonard Cohen was working on prior to his death in His prolific output continued throughout his life, and he was forever sketching and jotting ideas down. It is really uncertain whether or not he had a book in mind -- some of the poems are dated much earlier, but they carry his trademark rhythms and I enjoyed envisioning him reading them with his world weary but warm and distinctive style.
Several even made me laugh out loud particularly This book of poems and sketches was the last thing Leonard Cohen was working on prior to his death in Every soul is like a minnow. Every mind is like a shark. Most of the sketches are of his most dependable model, himself. I met a woman once who had written a biography of him and had been granted access over a period of years. She said he continued creating even while they were just chatting, and that he loved to cook for people.
Loved food, its preparation, presentation, and sharing. Several poems address this topic. Thanks to his sons who compiled these materials and allowed us to enjoy his company once again. After taking my time with The Flame by Leonard Cohen, I am officially finished and inevitably left with a sense of disquiet, of inquietude. His inimitable voice and his world of suffering and sensuality feel like a temple to me.
The Flame, published in , 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 After taking my time with The Flame by Leonard Cohen, I am officially finished and inevitably left with a sense of disquiet, of inquietude.
This book features poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics and hand-drawn self-portraits, presenting itself like an entryway to this man's soul.