Poems and Songs
By Leonard Cohen
(Everyman's Library, Hardcover, 9780307595836, 256pp.)
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
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A magnificent selection of song lyrics and poems from across the storied career of one of the most daring and affecting poet-ongwriters in the world.
In the more than half century since his first book of poems was published, Leonard Cohen has evolved into an international cult figure who transcends genres and generations. This anthology contains a cross section of his five decades of influential work, including such legendary songs as “Suzanne,” “Sisters of Mercy,” “Bird on the Wire,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” and “I’m Your Man” and searingly memorable poems from his many acclaimed poetry collections, including Flowers for Hitler, Beautiful Losers, and Death of a Lady’s Man. Encompassing the erotic and the melancholy, the mystical and the sardonic, this volume showcases a writer of dazzling intelligence and live-wire emotional immediacy.
Leonard Cohen was born in 1934 in Montreal. He began his career publishing poetry and prose before recording his first album in 1967. He has published two novels, The Favourite Game and Beautiful Losers, and eleven books of poetry, most recently Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs, Book of Longing, and Leonard Cohen: Poems and Songs. He has to date made eighteen albums, the most recent of which, Old Ideas, was released in 2012. Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, and was awarded the Glenn Gould Prize in 2011.