Written by Anya Angert
Canongate is set to publish Leonard Cohen’s final body of work late next year. The hugely prolific and influential Canadian singer-songwriter spent months prior to his passing carefully selecting and arranging the contents of The Flame, completing the collection only days before his death in November 2016, aged 82.
The anthology is said to offer a multidimensional insight into the distinguished artist’s life. Cohen’s former manager Robert Kory states that the material will comprise of “unpublished poems and selections from his notebooks” as well as personal illustrations and lyrics from his final three albums Old Ideas, Popular problems and You Want It Darker.
In the words of Cohen “poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash”, and the legacy and spirit of the inimitable icon continue to burn bright through this fittingly titled book, which is expected to grace shelves throughout the UK, US and Canada from October 16th 2018.