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Book Of Longing : Popular Penguins :  Popular Penguins - Leonard Cohen

Book Of Longing : Popular Penguins

Popular Penguins

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Published: 28th June 2010
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Leonard Cohen made his name as a poet before he came to worldwide attention as a singer and songwriter. Book of Longing was twenty years in the making and written in Montreal, Mumbai and during his retreat in Mt Baldy. These poems show the full range of one of the most influential and enigmatic writers of his generation.

Author Biography

Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal in 1934 and published his first poetry collection in 1956. Since then he has published a number of books, including the poetry collection Let Us Compare Mythologies and the novel The Favourite Game. Renowned as a singer and performer, Leonard has recorded a number of albums, the most famous being I'm Your Man and The Future. He lives in Los Angeles.

The Book of Longing

I can't make the hills
The system is shot
I'm living on pills
For which I thank G-d

I followed the course
From chaos to art
Desire the horse
Depression the cart

I sailed like a swan
I sank like a rock
But time is long gone
Past my laughing stock

My page was too white
My ink was too thin
The day wouldn't write
What the night pencilled in

My animal howls
My angel's upset
But I'm not allowed
A trace of regret

For someone will use
What I couldn't be
My heart will be hers Impersonally

She'll step on the path
She'll see what I mean
My will cut in half
And freedom between

For less than a second
Our lives will collide
The endless suspended
The door open wide

Then she will be born
To someone like you
What no one has done
She'll continue to do

I know she is coming
I know she will look
And that is the longing
And this is the book

ISBN: 9780141399409
ISBN-10: 0141399406
Series: Popular Penguins
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th June 2010
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.2
Weight (kg): 18.0