Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Yes, Leonard Cohen is a poet!

by Leonard Cohen
Book Nine

Even if you aren't familiar with Cohen as a musician, you've probably heard his music. "Suzanne" "Bird on a Wire," "Famous Blue Raincoat," "Joan of Ark", and "Hallelujah". Cohen has written many other songs too, as well as poetry and prose poetry not set to music. If you have not read any other Cohen books, read this first - it has a great variety of poems and clips of prose. The chapters are laid out by book and album title.

I suggest you listen to some of the poems that turned into songs after you read this book to really get the feel for the "voice" of the man. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Cohen perform at the Beacon Theater and was mesmerized by his stage presence. The crowd of people that he attracted was unbelievable. There were a ton of celebrities, musicians and travelers in the audience. You could tell that you were in the presence of something special. If you haven't been exposed to Cohen, you need to rush out now and grab onto anything you can find.