“I want to write and read poems filled with terror and music that change laws and lives. This isn’t one of them. But it has stuck with me long enough, like a lucky stone, to suggest that it’s true.” Leonard Cohen Chooses His Favorite Poem From His Own Work

Leonard Cohen was a contributor to Poet’s Choice edited by Paul Engle and Joseph Langland. (New York: The Dial, 1962). The premise of the book is revealed in its subtitle: “103 of the Greatest Living Poets Choose Their Favorite Poem from Their Own Work and Give the Reason for Their Choice.”

Leonard Cohen’s choice and comment follows:

For Anne
From The Spice-Box of Earth by Leonard Cohen

With Annie gone
Whose eyes to compare
With the morning sun?

Not that I did compare,
But I do compare
Now that she’s gone.

 

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I want to write and read poems filled with terror and music that change laws and lives. This isn’t one of them. But it has stuck with me long enough, like a lucky stone, to suggest that it’s true.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Mar 1, 2016.

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