The Flame: Poems, Notebooks, Lyrics, Drawings

The Flame: Poems, Notebooks, Lyrics, Drawings

by Leonard Cohen

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Overview

The final collection of the seminal musician and poet, which he was determined to complete before his death

Just weeks before his death in late 2016, Leonard Cohen told The New Yorker that he was ready for the end to come. He just wanted enough time to put his last book in order. Fortunately, that time was granted. The Flame is Cohen’s eloquent farewell, a valedictory collection of lyrics, poems, notebook sketches, and self-portraits that maps his singular creative journey. As noted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s citation, “For six decades, Leonard Cohen revealed his soul to the world through poetry and song—his deep and timeless humanity touching our very core.”

In addition to new poems about war, desire, regrets, lamb chops, and hummingbirds, and lyrics from his last three albums, including the chart-topping “You Want It Darker,” The Flame includes carefully selected excerpts from Cohen’s voluminous notebooks, which he kept faithfully over the years. Readers will find in these pages the subjects that have always preoccupied Cohen: the dimensions of love, the secret code of existence, and the hope for transcendence in a broken world.

In the words of Cohen’s longtime manager and friend, Robert Kory, The Flame “reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire” to the end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374156060
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 95,619
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Leonard Cohen was a hugely influential Canadian poet, songwriter, and cultural icon who died on the eve of the 2016 presidential election. His “Hallelujah” is widely considered the redemptive song of the resistance. Cohen’s many canonical songs (“Suzanne,” “So Long, Marianne,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” “Dance Me to the End of Love,” and others) have earned him a place in the small pantheon that includes Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Cohen’s many honors include a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, a Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, and election to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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CHAPTER 1

POEMS

HAPPENS TO THE HEART

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Table of Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Notice,
Foreword,
Editorial Note,
Poems,
Lyrics,
Blue Alert,
Old Ideas,
Popular Problems,
You Want It Darker,
Leonard and Peter,
Selections from the Notebooks,
Acceptance Address for the Prince of Asturias Award,
Acknowledgements,
Index,
Also by Leonard Cohen,
A Note About the Author,
Copyright,

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