“Powerful ideas that mysteriously transform all those who come into contact with them are the value of poetry.” Leonard Cohen

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I use unpopular words. Brotherhood: an appetite for fraternity, equality, liberty. All those old ideals are operating. I’m never surprised that things are as bad as they are. I’m only surprised they’re not worse: that they haven’t completely eliminated the Bible; that they haven’t excised the Sermon the Mount and created an expurgated edition. Powerful ideas that mysteriously transform all those who come into contact with them are the value of poetry. They represent the value of a glance across the subway car — a possibility.

 

 

Leonard Cohen

 

Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993. Photo Credit: Roloff Beny / Library and Archives Canada / PA-196331.

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 Oct 5, 2018.

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