Retrieve. Retrieve.


“You should go
from place to place
recovering the poems
that have been written for you,
to which you can affix your signature.
Don’t discuss these matters
with anyone.
Retrieve. Retrieve.

When the basket is full
someone will appear
to whom you can present it.”

from Leonard Cohen’s Book of Longing

Book of Longing

2 thoughts on “Retrieve. Retrieve.

  1. Hieronymus


    I remain interested in the minds of those who actively pursue poetry; is it a seeking for something that the reader cannot express quite accurately? Is it a seeking for something that can recreate a certain sensation, emotion, experience?

    I generally find that I cannot share my findings with others (although a select few…”understand”). Good luck with your own continuned longings and seekings and findings.

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