Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

The Book of Longing

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The Book of Longing

McClelland and Stewart, 2007

In this vulnerable collection of poetry, Cohen is at his most naked. As always, the sacred and profane play in the same holy band and their music is bittersweet. The priest longs for manhood and the man longs for the solitude of discourse with his angel. I always was and always will be a fan of this descendent of one of the great Jewish theologians. Leonard Cohen may be the only romantic left; and that is not a good thing. I recently apologized to one of our best known writers for criticizing what I perceived to be her cynical view. “You were right,” I said, “I was wrong.” She replied, “The world needs romantics, now more than ever.”