Book of Longing

Book of Longing

Book - 2006
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Leonard Cohen is one of the great writers, performers, and most consistently daring artists of our time. Book of Longing is Cohen's eagerly awaited new collection of poems, following his highly acclaimed 1984 title, Book of Mercy , and his hugely successful 1993 publication, Stranger Music , a Globe and Mail national bestseller. Book of Longing contains erotic, playful, and provocative line drawings and artwork on every page, by the author, which interact in exciting and unexpected ways on the page with poetry that is timeless, meditative, and at times darkly humorous. The book brings together all the elements that have brought Leonard Cohen's artistry with language worldwide recognition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2006.
ISBN: 9780771022340
Characteristics: 231 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.


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Apr 13, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this work over a few evenings. Some poems were read and re-read. Cohen's humor and poetical insights are beautifully illustrated. One gets his humanity coming vividly across from his words and art. It shows his genius of showing ordinary events and things having impacts on our lives and destinies. Beautiful work.

Seelochan Beharry
Author of "The Prehistories of Baseball"

Dec 19, 2015

This book reviews itself. No really: one of its poems includes this comment on itself, "this odd collection of jazz riffs, pop-art jokes, religious kitsch and muffled prayer".
It's not great poetry- but Cohen himself admits it. People dismiss his honesty as becoming self-deprecation.
But damn, he's a past master of irony:
"I never got the girl,
I never got rich,
follow me."
A very canadian minor poet.

Apr 09, 2010

Leonard Cohen is a genious and his poetry is moving and often very funny!

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