How to Speak Poetry


This is worth the read – very interesting. The Sea Beast has posted Leonard Cohen’s thoughts on how to speak poetry (from Death of a Lady’s Man 1979) It’s brilliant. Right down to the way Cohen uses scientific ideas of ‘statistics & data’ (words I usually think of as cold and lifeless) and transforms them. Well worth the read indeed.

Thanks to Dhyan for linking to the post (which in turn brought it to my attention!)

6 thoughts on “How to Speak Poetry

  1. Hey ashley. thanks for stopping by. love that leonard Cohen article. reminds me of that line (can’t remember where it came from) somebody smart… “let language speak”. despite it being tricky/impossible for the speaker to ever get out of the way.

    cheers mate

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