Leonard Cohen was a man of many literary and artistic and talents. His ability to use the written word as stand-alone rhetoric or mixed together with a melody and instrumentation, proves that the late songwriter truly was the poet laureate of popular music.
Fans of his writings and lyrical content should be thrilled to learn that a book containing his final works of poetry will be released next fall on Oct. 16, 2018. Titled THE FLAME, the book will contain a collection of Cohen’s final works of poetry that were penned during the last few months of his amazing life. According to a press release announcement on Friday from the book's publisher, McClelland & Stewart, THE FLAME was completed and organized by Cohen just months before his death in 2016.
The timing of Friday’s announcement comes one month to the day ahead of the highly anticipated tribute concert in Cohen’s hometown of Montreal. The event, named Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen, will take place on Nov. 6. Fellow artists who are scheduled to perform at the one-day event includes Elvis Costello, Lana Del Rey, The Lumineers, Sting and many more.
THE FLAME is also set to include an “extensive selection” of various works that were conceived within Cohen’s notebooks, which he kept as his mobile poetic workstation throughout his life.
“During the final months of his life, Leonard had a singular focus—completing this book taken largely from his unpublished poems and selections from his notebooks,” Cohen’s former manager and estate trustee Robert Kory said in a statement. “Those of us who had the rare privilege of spending time with him during this period recognized that the flame burned bright within him to the very end.”
THE FLAME will also include within its bindings the full set of lyrics to Cohen’s final three albums, in addition to prose pieces and illustrations. This will be the first full volume of new poetry from Cohen since 2006’s Book of Longing.
We couldn't be prouder to be publishing Leonard Cohen's final book of poetry, coming October 2018. https://t.co/d6LcuPJF81— McClelland & Stewart (@McClellandBooks) October 6, 2017