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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; 1st Printing edition (June 27 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771022360
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771022364
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 0.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Leonard Cohen’s artistic career began in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies (just reissued). He has published two novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, and ten books of poetry, most recently Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs and Book of Longing. He has to date made seventeen albums, the latest being Dear Heather. Numerous tribute albums, in many languages, have celebrated his songs. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Montreal.

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I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.

If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumours on our lips
it is because I hear a man climb stairs
and clear his throat outside our door.

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HASH(0xa3e33648) out of 5 stars Revealing and wonderful : Leonard Cohen's early poetry Feb. 22 2008
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I anticipated enjoying Cohen's first book of poetry, after all, I have been a fan of his music for nearly 40 years. However, I was truly surprised at the wonder of his language and the emotions that the works convey. I highly recommend this volume, not only to Cohen fans, but to poetry lovers in general.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3e3348c) out of 5 stars Let Us Compare Mythyologies May 19 2010
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Not having read anything deep and stimulating for a long time, this was brain growing.
Texts I don't know, I look up. Really am enjoying.
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HASH(0xa40220e4) out of 5 stars Cohen is gifted. Jan. 20 2014
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Whether you consider this a book of lyrics or a book of poetry, Cohen's words touch the heart, leaving you thinking about the poetry with the music lilting through your mind hours later.
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HASH(0xa43528c4) out of 5 stars Quirky but wonderful July 15 2013
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As expected, Mr. Cohen delivers an excellent book that give true insight into life and relationships. His prose is as marvelous as his songwriting.
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HASH(0xa3e360c0) out of 5 stars What Can you say Bad about Leonard Cohen ?? May 25 2013
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Nothing He does whether songwriting, Prose, Poetry or just an interview on you tube is Bad or in poor taste! He is a living legend and if you don't go see him on his current tour - it is truly your loss. He's pushing 80 years old and still has relevant perspective to contribute to our dying culture !! Love you Leonard xoxo this book is excellent !!