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Book of Longing: Popular Penguins

Book of Longing: Popular Penguins

by Leonard Cohen
Publication Date: 28/06/2010
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Leonard Cohen made his name as a poet before he came to worldwide attention as a singer and songwriter.

Book of Longing was twenty years in the making and written in Montreal, Mumbai and during his retreat in Mt Baldy.

These poems show the full range of one of the most influential and enigmatic writers of his generation.

Poetry by individual poets
Publication Date:
Penguin Books Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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I've worked at my work 
I've slept at my sleep 
I've died at my death 
And now I can leave 
Leave what is needed 
And leave what is full 
Need in the Spirit 
And need in the Hole 
Beloved, I'm yours 
As I've always been 
From marrow to pore 
From longing to skin 
Now that my mission 
Has come to its end: 
Pray I'm forgiven 
The life that I've led 
The Body I chased 
It chased me as well 
My longing's a place 
My dying a sail
Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen began his artistic career in 1956 with the publication of his first book of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies.

He went on to publish 12 more books, including two celebrated novels and gained worldwide recognition as an iconic singer-songwriter. He released 14 studio albums, including three in the last years of his life when he also became one of the most acclaimed arena performing artists in the world.

Among his numerous honours, he is the recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award 2010, the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature 2011, the inaugural New England PEN Award for Excellence in Lyrics 2012, the 2016 Juno Awards for Song of the Year and Album of the Year, and he has been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the US Songwriters Hall of Fame. He died in November 2016.

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