Burn­ing brightly

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

The Flame, by Leonard Co­hen, €16.51 IF you are a fan of poet and lyri­cist Leonard Co­hen then you might treat your­self to it for the year ahead. After all, this col­lec­tion of Leonard Co­hen’s last po­ems and writ­ings, is to be di­gested slowly, un­like per­haps the mince pies and choco­lates com­ing your way. The book con­tains an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion from Co­hen’s note­books, fea­tur­ing lyrics, prose pieces and il­lus­tra­tions, and of­fers an un­prece­dented in­ti­mate look in­side the life and mind of a sin­gu­lar artist and thinker. His son Adam ex­plains how fires and flames fea­tured in his fa­ther’s work, rep­re­sent­ing cre­ation and destruc­tion, heat and light, de­sire and con­sum­ma­tion; even in his fi­nal al­bum – be­fore his death in Novem­ber 2016 — he in­toned that if “you want it darker, we fill the flame”.

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