Co­hen An­thol­ogy in­cludes Queens au­thor

The Queens County Advance - - ARTS & LEISURE -

Just one poet from Nova Sco­tia is among the 75 au­thors from around the world whose po­etic tributes to Leonard Co­hen are in­cluded in the up­com­ing book ‘Leonard Co­hen: You’re Our Man’ to hon­our Leonard Co­hen on his 75th birth­day (Sept. 21, 2009.)

Su­san Borg­ersen is a vis­ual artist and writer from Queens Co. who re­ceived the call for sub­mis­sion ask­ing for a po­etic re­sponse to one of Co­hen’s own po­ems. “It was more of a knee jerk re­ac­tion than a re­sponse,” she says. “I re­ceived part of my ed­u­ca­tion at a con­vent board­ing school and so re­spond­ing to his poem ‘ To Young Nun’ came nat­u­rally.”

The poem is en­ti­tled ‘Sis­ter of No Mer- cy.’

The an­thol­ogy is a fundraiser to help cre­ate a Leonard Co­hen Poet-in-Res­i­dence Pro­gram at West­mount High (Leonard’s old high school near Montreal). The pub­lish­ers, The Foun­da­tion For Pub­lic Po­etry/Foun­da­tion Poésie Publique has an­nounced the names of the 75 poets from Aus­tralia, Is­rael, Turkey, the USA, the UK/Eng­land, Bel­gium, South Africa, Por­tu­gal, Cyprus, France, and across Canada in­clud­ing Mar­garet At­wood and Nova Sco­tia’s Su­san Borg­ersen.

“I am thrilled,” says Borg­ersen. “ Words can’t de­scribe the feel­ing. I’m not sure if I can go to Montreal for the book launch on his [Co­hen’s] birth­day, but I’m just hon­oured to have my work in­cluded.”

The same week­end, Borg­ersen is host­ing a creative writ­ing week­end work­shop in Liver­pool – Writ­ing the His­tor­i­cal Novel. “ You can’t be in two places at once,” she jokes.

A com­plete list of poets (with poem ti­tles) can be seen at www.publ icpo­etr y. word­ The book’s print­ing is be­ing do­nated by Friesens Cor­po­ra­tion, of Al­tona, Man­i­toba. The of­fi­cial launch date will be Septem­ber 21, 2009 (Leonard Co­hen’s 75th birth­day.)

Su­san Borg­ersen can be con­tacted at sue­borg­ersen@hot­ or at her stu­dio, Glo­ri­ous Mud in East Port Med­way.

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