The Patrick Kavanagh Centre mourns the death of poet and songwriter, Leonard Cohen.
He has been regarded as gloomy as a lyricist but we wouldn’t label him as such. In Kavanagh’s poetry he refers to darkness and fog but only to highlight the vitality of light. In his poem, ‘My Room’ despite its location in a dusty attic
‘Its little window lets in the stars’.
In the chorus of Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Anthem’ he writes:
‘Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in’.
Over the last number of months we have listened to the English language being tortured, twisted and mangled by political opportunists. We are saddened by Cohen’s departure from us but he has left a lyrical legacy to treasure.