Co­hen poem is get­ting some buzz

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Leonard Co­hen aimed his prover­bial pen at Kanye West as he crafted a col­lec­tion of po­ems in the fi­nal months of his life.

In the re­cently pub­lished book The Flame, which also in­cludes lyrics and il­lus­tra­tions by the late Cana­dian star, is a piece ti­tled Kanye West is Not Pi­casso. Dated March 15, 2015, the poem is a cheeky point-coun­ter­point nar­ra­tive sur­round­ing the boast­ful na­ture of the hip-hop star, who once de­clared on­stage: “I am Pi­casso.”

The poem cre­ated so­cial me­dia buzz as West vis­ited the White House this week.

“Kanye West is not Pi­casso. I am Pi­casso,” starts Co­hen’s poem. “Kanye West is not Edi­son. I am Edi­son. I am Tesla.”

The poem con­tains a cou­ple of ex­ple­tives, and also men­tions rap­per Jay-Z.

“Jay-Z is not the Dy­lan of any­thing. I am the Dy­lan of any­thing,” says the poem.

“I am the Kanye West of Kanye West. The Kanye West.”

Po­ems in The Flame are said to have been se­lected and or­dered by Co­hen him­self.

It’s billed as the fi­nal vol­ume of po­ems from the dis­tin­guished Mon­treal na­tive, who died in Novem­ber 2016.

In the fore­word, his son Adam Co­hen writes that the vol­ume “was what he was stay­ing alive to do, his sole breath­ing pur­pose at the end.”

Leonard Co­hen’s fi­nal book in­cludes a poem about Kanye West: “Kanye West is not Pi­casso. I am Pi­casso.”

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