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by mat james
Fri Jun 02, 2006 10:24 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Dark Night of the Soul and Undertow
Replies: 31
Views: 9253

" and the steps that I heard in my playroom are the same that are echoing from star to star" Tagore is wonderful, Tchocolatl. "Full many an hour have I spent in the strife of the good and the evil, but now it is the pleasure of my playmate of the empty days to draw my heart on to him; and I know not...
by mat james
Wed May 31, 2006 6:32 pm
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Dark Night of the Soul and Undertow
Replies: 31
Views: 9253

Dubman, If you are into San Juan de la Cruiz, you may like these poems I wrote on his perspective on love/Love. Leonard would probably nod. They may seem a bit long, but as you know, Juan writes a whole book about one poem, so I have attempted to do the same below. The bed of Shiloh. ( reflections o...
by mat james
Wed May 31, 2006 6:13 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: ode to my motorbike
Replies: 2
Views: 1013

ode to my motorbike

Ode to my motorbike Symbol of freedom steed of salvation slayer of mountains thump of abandon moan for this Valhalla vagrant carry me onward carry me inward back to my own throb back through my own lands forward to memories childhood cauldron churning asunder brazen to gold this brute through the bl...
by mat james
Tue May 30, 2006 10:53 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: wrapped around me
Replies: 0
Views: 684

wrapped around me

wrapped around me The steering wheel of my old blue bug spun 'round and cried "where is she I want her caresses I want her fingers wrapped around me!" "Ha!" You jerk! (I said), "me too !" The knob on the gear stick laughed "me too!" and the seat oh! the seat sighed "me too"... the mirror shattered t...
by mat james
Mon May 29, 2006 5:46 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: can anyone help me w/ "how to speak poetry"
Replies: 2
Views: 2194

I assume your oral is over, but it is such a great topic, I'll respond anyway! It is about writing for yourself and not for your audience. It is about being a poet, not a prostitute. It's about artistic intent and not worldly fame or gain. about presenting the idea before the ego takes hold. about h...
by mat james
Sun May 28, 2006 5:35 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: influences on leonard?
Replies: 65
Views: 51230

influences on leonard?

It seems to me that there are influences of the poem "Dark Night of the Soul" by San Juan de la Cruz on Leonard's version of "Undertow". That mystical undercurrent of moving out through the melancholy of ones own soul through the dark night and into some form of union with the infinite. "On a dark n...
by mat james
Sun May 28, 2006 4:30 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bono: 'Sexy' Leonard Cohen Is 'Original Rapper'
Replies: 17
Views: 4622

Chris, all these poeple are into the Jewish/Christian myth. It is a long tradition of "rappers" all the way back to Songs of Solomon in the Old Testament. Prince Charles, though future leader of the Church of England, was considering the merrits of returning to the fold of the Catholic Church. Bono,...
by mat james
Sat May 27, 2006 9:01 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Dark Night of the Soul and Undertow
Replies: 31
Views: 9253

Dark Night of the Soul and Undertow

It seems to me that there are influences of the poem "Dark Night of the Soul" by San Juan de la Cruiz on Leonards version of "Undertow". That mystical undercurrent of moving out through the melancholy of ones own soul through the dark night and into some form of union with the infinite. "On a dark n...

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