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The book of poetry Leonard Cohen completed in his final days will be released at last

A new book featuring the unreleased poetry of Leonard Cohen is set to be released next year. Titled Flame, it was completed just days before his tragic passing in November 2016.

Throughout his life, Cohen’s poetry was as notorious as his music, and possessed the same intrinsic, harrowing edge that the world came to love him for.

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Flame, a collection of never-before-seen poetry written by Leonard Cohen in his final days, is set to be released in 2018.

“During the final months of his life, Leonard had a singular focus—completing this book,” said Robert Kory, Cohen’s former manager.

“The flame and how our culture threatened its extinction was a central concern… Those of us who had the rare privilege of spending time with him during this period recognised that the flame burned bright within him to the very end. This book, finished only days before his death, reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire.”

Courtesy of Blank on Blank, hear Cohen reading Two Went to Sleep from his 1956 debut as a poet, Let Us Compare Mythologies. He recounts the wild story of a cold night with two women in Edmonton, Canada, and how moonlight drew from him his song, Sisters of Mercy.

Flame will be released in October 2018.

Via Far Out Magazine.