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by mat james
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: The Flame: The Lucky Night!!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2429

Re: The Flame: The Lucky Night!!!!!

2/2/19 So what is the big deal about all this? Who cares if Cohen was influenced by Solomon, Cruz or Teresa? Aren’t they simply three of many? He was a widely read guy, so what about all the others? Well, my response to this (attitudes/questions) is very simple; primarily, I am discussing Leonard’s ...
by mat james
Fri Jan 25, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: The Flame: The Lucky Night!!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2429

Re: The Flame: The Lucky Night!!!!!

Songs of Solomon 2 I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the valley ...My beloved is mine, and I am his: He feeds among the lilies Till the day breaks And the shadows have fled away Turn, my beloved and like a doe or a hart, leap the mountains of separation! (our separated minds) ...Dissolve my m...
by mat james
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: The Flame: The Lucky Night!!!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2429

The Flame: The Lucky Night!!!!!

Ambiguity Ambiguity, it seems, is a very alluring way to write; alluring for both reader and writer. How can we express the ineffable? How can we each say, in our own way, what can’t be said? And how can the reader grasp what can’t quite be touched? Well, we wallow in and around and flow in the "und...
by mat james
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels
Replies: 70
Views: 26436

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels

Why do you care about your "standing"?
Keep doing what you do. Honesty and bravery will get you "there" .
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by mat james
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: THE FLAME - news and information
Topic: The Flame-discussion thread
Replies: 24
Views: 7252

Re: The Flame-discussion thread

I received "The Flame" for Christmas, from my flame. :) I enjoyed reading all the comments above in this thread, positive and negative and neutral...and all are valid for this Leonard Fan 8) I have noticed a few other "things" also, but I am still mulling and sauntering through it all, ruminating, I...
by mat james
Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album
Replies: 9
Views: 2159

Re: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album

Hi Diane, Lizzy and Jean... Thanks for saying hello and connecting. Lizzy, the "cowboy" did not have the joy of riding the red sand in my old blue ute; I did not know him then and I suppose he was off on his own adventures. We only connected in recent times and it was our bush experiences that aided...
by mat james
Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:23 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album
Replies: 9
Views: 2159

Re: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album

Thanks Diane, it is good to hear from you...and strangely enough it is nearly Christmas again...time flies, as they say. I'm not sure how or when I came by that line of Leonard's, "Say a prayer for the Cowboy", probably on the forum, but not knowing the song, at all, to my knowledge, it surprises me...
by mat james
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album
Replies: 9
Views: 2159

Say a prayer for the cowboy...and Darker Album

28-11-18 Say a prayer for the cowboy Today is Wednesday. On Tuesday I found out that on Sunday a recent friend of mine was killed while riding his Harley out on a country road, virtually no traffic, just an ordinary set of circumstances and perhaps just a bit too much bravado…for the last time…but i...
by mat james
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)
Replies: 22
Views: 19983

Re: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)

“Joan of Arc, an uneducated peasant woman, about 18 years old, answers: "Si je n’y suis, que Dieu m’y mette. Si j’y suis, que Dieu m’y garde." (If I'm not in it, may God put me there. If I'm in it, may God keep me there.)… Joan of Arc has access to her real position. She does not put herself above ...
by mat james
Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels
Replies: 70
Views: 26436

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels

"...grazing the impossible..."
:)
What a great phrase/description of our attempts to understand those "big questions".
I am savouring you efforts V.
Thanks.
MatbbgJ...fellow "grazer of the impossible" :)
by mat james
Fri Jul 20, 2018 5:35 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels
Replies: 70
Views: 26436

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels

Hi V, It's kind of like the conversation some of us had in the other thread when we were talking about the danger of trying to over analyze Leonard's songs, and that it was like "cutting open the blackbird's throat to see what makes it sing". Psychology feels a bit to me like cutting open our brains...
by mat james
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels
Replies: 70
Views: 26436

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's poetry and novels

the night was soft as ashes that a moth leaves on your thumb. ...love it..., thanks for the highlight, V. A week or so ago I finished a book on "The origins and history of consciousness" by Erich Neumann (perhaps Jung's most gifted acolyte) . Great book though very heavy...it basically explains and...
by mat james
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:23 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)
Replies: 22
Views: 19983

Re: You know who I am (Songs From A Room)

This song, "You know who I am", in my opinion, is closely related to the two other songs I am looking at (lately) on the Darker album, namely 'Traveling Light' and 'If I didn't have your love'. On the 'transcendental' level the singer/writer is viewing the meaning of life and love from 'various posi...
by mat james
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:19 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: If I didn't have your love (You Want It Darker)
Replies: 1
Views: 1874

Re: If I didn't have your love (You Want It Darker)

...sure it's a love song; and it's more. The 'more' that always transcends... If I Didn't Have Your Love If the sun would lose its light And we lived an endless night And there was nothing left That you could feel That’s how it would be My life would seem to me If I didn’t have your love To make it ...

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