Leonard Cohen was one of the great artists of our age: a poet of transcendent beauty and wisdom, a novelist of moral urgency and insight, and a peerless singer and songwriter. His work, in all its forms, touched our hearts, informed our lives, and made our world better. He will be greatly missed, but his voice will endure.
Celebrating Leonard Cohen
My page was too white / My ink was too thin / The day wouldn’t write / What the night pencilled in
– “The Book of Longing”
He was a hero for our generation and for the next – stepping bravely into new forms, a great writer who then became a great songwriter.
– Michael Ondaatje
Leonard Cohen was the rare poet who wrote with the rapt devotion of a monk, and the rare monk who knew how to charm every last part of the world.
– Pico Iyer
Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.
How can I begin anything new with all of yesterday in me?