Leonard Cohen wrote a poem titled ‘Kanye West Is Not Picasso’

12 Octobre, 2018, 03:52 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Kanye West and Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen aimed his proverbial pen at Kanye West as he crafted a collection of poems in the final months of his life.

Cohen wrote the poem in March 2015, two years after the rapper declared "I am Picasso".

The poem features lines like "Kanye West is not Picasso/ I am Picasso" and "I am the Kanye West of Kanye West/ The Kanye West/ Of the great bogus shift of bulls**t culture". Later he adds, "I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is/ When he shoves your ass off the stage".

Cohen also name-checks Jay-Z in the poem, saying "Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything". "I am Edison. I am Tesla".

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If I'm reading it right, the poem is not flattering toward Kanye. "A lot of, say Jay Z or Kanye West ― you don't have to identify with every position they take, especially if you're white", he told The Wall Street Journal in 2014.

Kanye West dominated the news cycle Thursday, thanks to his weird meeting with President Donald Trump. "The Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world", a press release said of the book.

In the foreword, his son Adam Cohen writes that the volume "was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing goal at the end".

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