Poetry is just the evidence of a life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. I thought, like every man, I would have some important work to do.
From Songs Sacred and Profane by Ira Mothner. Look: June 10, 1969.
- “I see a song as the ashes of existence, and if there is a light there, and you can warm yourself by it.” Leonard Cohen
- “The kind of work I like is the evidence of life lived, rather than some kind of abstracted conclusion of how things might be. I see a song as the ashes of existence, and if there is a light there, and you can warm yourself by it.” Leonard Cohen
- “[Singing] is just the evidence of the life that is led. Just like the ash of a fire; if the fire burns well it is a clean white ash, if it doesn’t there are a lot of clinkers.” 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 Jan 18, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.