On Writing

Cohen says he abides by only one maxim in his writing: to always honour the difference between just a cry and a piece of work. cry of pain in itself is just that,” he says. “It can affect you or you can turn away from it. But a piece of work that treats the experience that produced the cry of pain is a different matter altogether. The cry is transformed, alchemised, by the work by a certain objectivity which doesn’t surrender the emotion but gives it form. That’s the difference between life and art.”                                                                                                                                              

                                                                       ~Leonard Cohen, 1976   


One response to “On Writing

  1. “The word butterfly is not a real butterfly. There is the word and there is the butterfly. If you confuse these two items people have the right to laugh at you.” – Leonard Cohen, How to Speak Poetry

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