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The Flame
The Flame | Leonard Cohen
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The Flame is a stunning collection of Leonard Cohen's last poems, selected and ordered by the author in the final months of his life. Featuring lyrics, prose pieces and illustrations, the book also contains an extensive selection from Cohen's notebooks, which he kept in poetic form throughout his life, and offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist and thinker. An enormously powerful final chapter in Cohen's storied literary career, The Flame showcases the full range of Leonard Cohen's lyricism, from the exquisitely transcendent to the darkly funny. By turns devastatingly sad and winningly strange, these are the works of a poet and lyricist who has plumbed the depths of our darkest questions and come up wanting, yearning for more.
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Carla
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There Might Be Cupcakes Episode 56: Happy Socks and the Flame
In which I tell two stories about finding cupcakes in the darkest of times: one is one of my own, one is one of Leonard Cohen‘s. URI: https://link.chtbl.com/theflame #podcast #poetry

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Carla
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Eggnog latte and Mr. Cohen between therapies: mental and physical. (You get a straw if you are in a wheelchair; also if the baristas recognize you by name. This particular Starbucks location is my Cheers.) #eggnog #christmas #poetry #lyrics

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Nute
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I wish that I was enjoying this, but I‘m not feelin‘ it. It‘s possible that I‘m not being fair. His poetry flows like radio music. It feels like he is writing as a songwriter instead of as a poet whose poetry could shine inside a song lyric. I dare not say this because this man gave us the words to “Hallelujah,” a song that is breathtaking and beautiful. I‘m gonna stick this out to the end as a thank you to Leonard Cohen for that song.

Hooked_on_books There is a fascinating episode of Malcolm Gladwell‘s podcast (Revisionist History) about that song and how it came to be. 2mo
Bklover @Hooked__on__books Just checked out that podcast. Thanks for sharing- that was fascinating! 2mo
Nute @Hooked_on_books Snowy drive home from work today. It will be very slow-going. I‘m setting up that podcast on my phone now. Thanks for the info!🙂 2mo
Hooked_on_books Cool, I hope you enjoy it, @Nute ! Glad you liked it, @Bklover , he‘s got some pretty interesting episodes! 2mo
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Rupi
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Book #39

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EadieB
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TheSpineView 💜 9mo
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DoubleLane
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"Deprived of Sahara's company
I looked around the room
and spied her purse
at the foot of the chair
I went through every item
in a little notebook
written with an eyebrow pencil
I found the very poem
Which you are reading now-
the writing smudged
but word for word
"Straighten up, little warrior" it ended
"It's not as though you
wasted your life
by loving me"

DoubleLane Also I would like it to be noted that the first time I ever saw Leonard Cohens name was in Pump Up The Volume 11mo
Graywacke 💙 5mo
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Lindy
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Grateful

The huge mauve jacaranda tree
down the street on South Tremaine
in full bloom
two stories high
It made me so happy
[…]
I am so grateful
to my new antidepressant

( @ReadingEnvy This jacaranda is for you. )

kspenmoll 🙌🏻 12mo
ReadingEnvy Oh I‘d love to hear him say "jacaranda" in his gravely voice. 11mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy I‘m actually listening to the audiobook. Eleven different people perform the poems. I like it very much. 11mo
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Lindy
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I never think about the past
but sometimes the past thinks about me,
and sits down,
ever so lightly,
on my face.

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NotAJot
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Merry Christmas!🎄 #Leonard

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Butterflyamore
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I thought I should see it through, particularly because it‘s an ARC, but I have no desire to keep going. I have other books of poetry waiting for me that I‘d prefer to devote my time to.

His poems are well-written. But I enjoy poetry that makes me think, hits a nerve, provokes emotion, or has relatable content. I haven‘t found any of that in here and I‘m bored. I think this would be wholeheartedly enjoyed by genuine fans. I am not that person.

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WanderingBookaneer
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LikelyLibrarian PBS just did a show on squirrels. Did you watch it too?My whole family gathered around the tv for that one. (edited) 13mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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WanderingBookaneer
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Leigh_Medeiros Wow. ❤️ 13mo
emmaturi My copy just arrived today! 13mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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It‘s easy to see
that a good woman‘s love
is something that you never had
so I‘m gonna take pity on the boy tonight
I‘m gonna do you a favour gonna do it right
I‘m gonna see that you‘re fed
I‘m gonna put you to bed
& then I‘m gonna drive you mad

BibliOphelia My dh just gave me this book as a gift - can‘t wait to dive in! 14mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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DivineDiana I just added this book to my “want to buy” list! 14mo
WanderingBookaneer @DivineDiana : I borrowed the audiobook from the library and just bought the Kindle edition + Audible narration. (edited) 14mo
DivineDiana 👏🏻 14mo
Suet624 Wow 14mo
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NotAJot
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Bird(s) on a wire

RaimeyGallant I just posted about birds, too. :) 14mo
NotAJot @RaimeyGallant 🐦❤️ 14mo
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BookAlongBlog
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5🌟/5
This book is so lovely! Cohen is one of my favorites! His poetry is unlike any other. It is so captivating. This man was a true wordsmith. This book contains his final poems and previously unpublished works before he passed. Included are selections from his notebooks that he kept throughout his life, as well as illustrations, prose, and lyrics. If you havent read any of his work before he's a must!
#leonardcohen #bookreview #bookblogger

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Booksy
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Compelling, mingling all the different themes with a sense of urgency that lurks just beyond their lightness and somehow self-deprecating humour . . . a work of moving intimacy

https://www.pendoramagazine.com/book-reviews/2018/10/2/book-review-the-flame-by-...

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KarenJMcLean
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Hello, old friend.

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Thndrstd
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This book gathers together previously unpublished notes, speeches, sketches (self-portraits) and potential lyrics of the late Leonard Cohen. Obviously many of these pieces are incomplete, ideas rather than works. Several of Cohen's classic themes appear, especially romance as a kind of war. Must read for Cohen fans, maybe not the place to start for newcomers.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this from #Netgalley. The book is due out Oct 2.]

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Butterflyamore
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Another Goodreads win! Looking forward to reading this gem.❤️