Leonard Co­hen’s poem about Kanye gets buzz

Calgary Sun - - SHOWBIZ - — THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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 lit­er­ary and mu­sic star, is a piece ti­tled Kanye West is Not Pi­casso.

dated March 15, 2015, the poem is a cheeky point­coun­ter­point nar­ra­tive sur­round­ing the boast­ful na­ture of the hip-hop star, who once de­clared on­stage: “I am Pi­casso.”

the poem had so­cial me­dia abuzz 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.”

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.

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