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Leonard Cohen understood life’s depths—and its absurdities alike

The singer-songwriter has died aged 82

By David Thomas  

Cohen performing in 2008 @Rama, Wikimedia commons

There’s a video on YouTube of Leonard Cohen reciting his poem “A Thousand Kisses Deep” live in London, in 2008. He speaks softly, almost purring in that deep, bitter chocolate voice and starts:

“You came to me this morning and you handled me like meat… You’d have to be a man to know how good that feels, how sweet”

The line gets a huge laugh. And that’s the first thing that people who never appreciated…

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