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Hydra and the Bananas of Leonard Cohen - Roger Green

Hydra and the Bananas of Leonard Cohen

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2003
ISBN: 9780465027590
Number Of Pages: 240

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English poet Roger Green left the safety of God, country, and whiskey to immerse himself in an austere and sober life on the Greek Island of Hydra. But when Green discovered that his terrace overlooked the garden of sixties balladeer Leonard Cohen, he became obsessed with Cohen's songs, wives, and banana tree. "Hydra" starts with a poem the author wrote and recited for his fifty-seventh birthday (borrowing the meter of Cohen's "Suzanne," and ripe with references to the song), with Cohen's ex-partner Suzanne, who may or may not be the subject of Cohen's song, in the audience. By turns playful and philosophic, Green's unconventional memoir tells the story of his journey down the rabbit hole of obsession, as he confronts the meaning of poetry, history, and his own life. Beginning as a poetic meditation upon Leonard Cohen's bananas, Green's bardic pilgrimage takes the reader on various twists and turns until, at last, the poet accepts the joy of accepting his fate.

Prologuep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Fun de Sieclep. 4
Notes to Fun de Sieclep. 7
Singing Southp. 20
Banana Updatep. 39
Interleavesp. 45
Steve Notesp. 57
Voyeurp. 64
My Journeyp. 77
Homecomingp. 96
Enclosed Gardenp. 105
Death in This Bookp. 125
Rag-and-Bone Shopp. 137
Of Angels and Wolvesp. 145
Emergency Exitp. 151
Suzannep. 165
Sleepwalkingp. 186
Mister Bowles and Mister Greenp. 196
In Betweenp. 204
Works Citedp. 209
Acknowledgmentsp. 215
About the Authorp. 217
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ISBN: 9780465027590
ISBN-10: 0465027598
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st September 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1