In my opinion, it’s very good that songs in general take much energy, while poetry stands there, pure poetry. It’s a very good thing that poetry is not popular. It’s marvelous to renew language with secret work, not popular work. It’s very important to keep that difference between songs and poetry. Songs are wonderful, there is poetry in them. Poetry contains the song’s spirit. But the working, the practical aspects of poetry occur in a secret room behind a veil. It’s the real furnace of language.
From Le Cercle de Minuit – Michel Field, Interviewer. Broadcast by France 2: December 1992.
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 Apr 27, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.