Book of Longing

Book of Longing 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 acclaim
  • Title: Book of Longing
  • Author: Leonard Cohen
  • ISBN: 9780771022296
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, andLeonard 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.From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Leonard Cohen

    Leonard Norman Cohen was a Canadian singer songwriter, poet and novelist Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963.Cohen s earliest songs many of which appeared on the 1968 album Songs of Leonard Cohen were rooted in European folk music melodies and instrumentation, sung in a high baritone The 1970s were a musically restless period in which his influences broadened to encompass pop, cabaret, and world music Since the 1980s he has typically sung in lower registers bass baritone, sometimes bass , with accompaniment from electronic synthesizers and female backing singers.His work often explores the themes of religion, isolation, sexuality, and complex interpersonal relationships.Cohen s songs and poetry have influenced many other singer songwriters, and than a thousand renditions of his work have been recorded He has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation s highest civilian honour Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008 for his status among the highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.

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  • this book.cally, when he was in his sixties, leonard cohen went up a mountain to live and study in a buddhist monastery, and during the five years he was there, he was really horny and wrote a bunch of poems about it i m sure it didn t help that the monastery was the mt baldy zen center, which is quite a suggestive name leonard cohen s always been the guy who lives on the seam where the the spiritual meets the erotic, only here he s moved away from imagery based in biblical and jewish mystical t [...]


  • This book This beautiful, beautiful book Damn, I m glad I picked this up I ve never read such a wonderful combination of sensual reverie, raw but fading lust and something damn close to Zen enlightenment Cohen is a good, perhaps great poet, but he was also a practicing Zen monk when he wrote these poems as well as a long standing pilgrim in faith of the holiness of the body For every poem extolling the benefits of Zazen and mindfulness you ll read another of fruitful and unalloyed appreciation o [...]



  • Favorite PoemsThe Book of LongingI can t make the hillsThe system is shotI m living on pillsFor which I thank G dI followed the courseFrom chaos to artDesire the horseDepression the cartI sailed like a swanI sank like a rockBut time is long gonePast my laughing stockMy page was too whiteMy ink was too thinThe day wouldn t writeWhat the night pencilled inMy animal howlsMy angel s upsetBut I m not allowed A trace of regretFor someone will useWhat I couldn t beMy heart will be hersImpersonallyShe l [...]


  • Sadly, this is the best poem in this book THOUSANDSOut of the thousandswho are known,or who want to be knownas poets,maybe one or twoare genuineand the rest are fakes,hanging around the sacred precinctstrying to look like the real thing.Needless to sayI am one of the fakes,and this is my story.


  • Thanks again Mr Cohen for your words, you will live on forever through them Rest In Peace, Leonard Cohen.


  • One of the best lessons I learned from this book is to just let go and write, not worrying if it s going to be good or not Don t get me wrong there is incredible poetry in here along with often very astute drawings but there is also a lot I promised myself I would write something Some of it is inspired, some not.Included are lyrics to a few of my favorite Cohen songs, like Alexandra Leaving and Love Itself which only makes the collection better.Most of the poems scribblings concern the time he s [...]


  • 4 5 stars The old are kind.The young are hot.Love may be blind.Desire is not Sorrows of the ElderlyAnyone who knows me knows that I am in love with Leonard Cohen s music, so it was only a matter of time before I delved into his poetry His tone in the poetry was similar to his music, but also felt very different to just read rather than listen to His poetry was witty, intellectual, sometimes psychedelic and thought provoking I tabbed so many of my pages, just collecting my favourite poems from th [...]


  • A record ofOur little truthThe cloth we woveThe tools we usedThe games of luckOur soldiers playedThe stones we cut The songs we madeOur law of peaceWhich understandsA husband leadsA wife commands


  • Leonard Cohen s poetry is uneven Some of the poems in this volume are wonderful little incantations Others strike me as song lyrics and the unfortunate thing about song lyrics is that they tend to make horrible poetry, even if they re great lyrics, and a great lyricist Leonard Cohen undoubtedly is And yet others are Zen inspired pabulum that seemed fine in Allen Ginsberg s day, but now especially that I live in a Buddhist country, and have developed a repulsion towards Buddhism equal to my youth [...]



  • I really want to like Leonard Cohen I m not sure why, but I feel like he s a writer out of his time I find myself drawn to his work but, disappointingly, have yet to read anything that I enjoy I ve even tried to listen to most of his music and it just doesn t work for me I suppose it could be that I enjoy his persona than his writing Book of Longing marks my last attempt to become a fan There s probably 200 pieces in total here and I would call it a stretch to say I even liked three of them Nea [...]


  • The Book of Longing is a compilation of poems and sketches from Leonard Cohen s earlier poet days and written during his time in a Buddhist monastery They are poems of reflection, observation and personal experience being a man As always, Mr Cohen s poetry is poignant, playful, tongue in cheek, self deprecating, brooding and enlightening These poems are less lyrical, and closer to abstract musings, lending us glimpses or snapshots into his younger male life and comparing or lamenting his youth w [...]


  • 2.5 5 stars.Leonard Cohen was is a very talented writer but I think his work is a bit too filled with how horny he is for me to read .


  • Leonard, the horny old Jewish priest, returns from the summit of Mount Baldy with his ten of songs Published 2006, this collection of poems and songs with many pencil sketches to accompany the pages, covers mainly, his work over the last three decades.Leonard Cohen is a poet, first and foremost The book contains many self portrait drawings, as though the man is totally immersed in the search for soul The poems radiate his wit and humour that is contained in much of L.C s works, but with profound [...]


  • THOUSANDSOut of the thousandswho are known,or who want to be knownas poets,maybe one or twoare genuineand the rest are fakes,hanging around the sacred precinctstrying to look like the real thing.Needless to sayI am one of the fakes,and this is my story.


  • I ve known his music for a hundred years, and some poetry, but was inspired to explore after hearing a Fresh Air interview with him recently that I thought was terrific.


  • Raw and unedited, I felt like I was having a conversation with Leonard Cohen wasn t particularly amazed by the poetry, but it is really smart The moment I start losing interest he ll drop that witty or deep poem which will keep me going I don t love it and I can t say I hate it I think I will leave it at respecting his being.I could not kill The way you kill I could not hate I tried I failed No man can see The vast design Or who will be Last of his kind The story s told With facts and lies You o [...]


  • Leonard Cohen was a Jew who became a Zen monk who wrote songs and poems about Jesus for fifty years He was also the absolute embodiment of what it means to be a writer Book of Longing is alive with Leonard s nights and days in the monastery on Mt Baldy, featuring 230 pages of poems and drawings, most of those pages blackened during his time as a monk I learned to write poetry from reading and re reading the poems in this book I studied his work for meter and stress I tried to figure out how he c [...]


  • I guess I don t get it The drawings look like they were drawn in Microsoft Paint The poems that spread over than one page has a small Microsoft Word pointer finger leading the reader to the next page The poems seem lazy and most are about not worrying about quality or about getting erections Songs of Leonard Cohen is one of my favorite albums, and I enjoy most of his music This lacks his usual complex imagery and multiple meanings I wasn t able to experience anything than a haunting image of a [...]


  • Great book for dipping in and out of if you like to do that Some poems are a few lines and some a few pages Humour, irony, pathos, and sadness are all brushes of the old master in these poems Some pedants may argue that some are not actually poems, like doggerel but then they would, wouldn t they The pages are dotted with Mr Cohen s little sketches, triptychs and icons all of which break up the text and add comments to the poems Highly recommended to fans.


  • I just recently started reading poetry, so I don t really know how to rate it I did truly enjoy the whole book the weirdness and the beauty of it, but then again I don t feel like I understood half of the book because I don t know much about Leonard Cohen and his life Still, I m going to give the book 4 stars, just because I really enjoyed reading it.Some of my favorite poems from the book include Better , Fun , I Wrote For Love , Nightingale , The Faith and Report To R.S.B.


  • Out of the thousandswho are known,or who want to be knownas poets,maybe one or twoare genuineand the rest are fakes,hanging around the sacred precinctstrying to look like the real thing.Needless to sayI am one of the fakes,and this is my story


  • I m not a huge fan of poetry, and I find most of it pretty alienating and annoying, but Cohen has such a lovely tone, and doesn t seek to be clever by being obtuse Which means his poetry actually says something to me and makes sense I can understand what he s saying, or relate to it, or interpret it , which makes it something worth treasuring Also, I love his drawings and sketches


  • Near the end of Leonard Cohen s Book of Longing he includes a letter to his Chinese readers Dear Reader,Thank you for coming to this book It is an honour, and a surprise, to have the frenzied thoughts of my youth expressed in Chinese characters I sincerely appreciate the efforts of the translator and the publishers in bringing this curious work to your attention I hope you will find it useful or amusing This is a difficult book, even in English, if it is taken too seriously May I suggest that yo [...]


  • Je t ai mang en un apr s midile corps grand ouvertsur la plage de l ind pendanceen chantant ensemble chaque po me de toutes tes chansons.



  • bono already confessed every artist is a cowboy every poet is a thief, all kill their inspiration and sing about their grief and so it is.i have had this book for years and, after an endless rush of non poetry moments, finally picked it up tonight and really liked it cohen is self deprecating, torn between lust and enlightenment and older than the last time i read him the result is erotic, questioning, wise and funny the volume is filled with little drawings and prose, unbelievably short poems a [...]


  • This has got to be a book I HAVE to own.Because poetry is so sweet and deep not to say this particular author is just in general that you need to take time and care with it in order to absorb in it s right content Poetry books are not to be read in one sitting They are to be lapped at like a dog licking a puddle Like a child sucking a lollipop It s not as enjoyable, otherwise.I like what I ve read so far He s much simple in his wording that most poets I know of, but there is a lot of emotion in [...]


  • This was the second of Cohen s books that I read, after Stranger Songs which was itself a compilation of various song lyrics and excerpts from his poetry and prose It was very good, but the material sometimes seemed to be beyond my grasp This is very much a product of the aged and angrier Cohen, as opposed to the softer feel of his 60s work However, certain poems and especially many specific stanzas or lines shook me, so I must say that this was great I look forward to reading it when I m older [...]


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