Leonard Cohen’s Posthumous Collection of Poems, Lyrics and Sketches

Illustration from “The Flame.” Credit Leonard Cohen

By William Logan

THE FLAME
Poems, Notebooks, Lyrics, Drawings
By Leonard Cohen
Edited by Robert Faggen and Alexandra Pleshoyano

When a poet dies, his publishers often hurry into print whatever scraps lie stuffed in his desk drawers or overflow his wastebasket. This is the book business at its darkest and most human, but many balance sheets have been balanced by a posthumous work or two. Death is the moment when all eyes are upon the poet for the last time; beyond, for most harmless drudges, lies the abyss. Leonard Cohen, who died two years ago, wore many a fedora — poet, novelist, songwriter, a singer.

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