Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Energy of Slaves by Leonard Cohen


This is a very sensual collection of poems - as I would expect all Cohen's collections to be.  But there is also a brutality in his words.  He can easily shake you from complacency.  I love this startling image: 

Love is a fire
It burns everyone
It disfigures everyone
It is the world's excuse
for being ugly

What is also shocking is that this is the first collection of Leonard Cohen's poetry that I've ever read!  It's not for everyone, because it's intense, cerebral and oftentimes dark.  But there are always those moments in your life when you need to read something of the sort.  This feeds that appetite.

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