Kaddish for Leonard Cohen

by susan o and George Elliott Clarke

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Word's by Canada's Poet Laureate - George Elliott Clarke
Music and composition by - Susan Odle
The Band: George Elliott Clarke, susan o & lonelytown 

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Kaddish for Leonard Cohen

(à la manière d'Allen Ginsberg)

This terrible, irritable dawn—
This morning of Mourning—
His obituary crowbars apart
Prophecy and Nostalgia....

Always native to Heaven,
Minting gleaming melodies,
Freeing a nailed-down Christ,
Obeying the mating-calls

Of mandolins and guitars, he
Never abstained from Liberty,
Never lost the Intelligence
Of Dylan-dark sunglasses

And light making masterpieces
Of shambles, or lighting up
Cages where lovers loll,
Lousy with tears and sighs....

Poet of Everything,
He transcended conclaves
Of critics, the murders
Of poets, all those copycats—

Sordid franchisees of blues—
Every presidency serving up
Immaculate Corruption, the stale,
white bread circulated with grease....

His insatiable suitcase,
Portaging Gog and Magog
(In eastern Quebec), Hydra,
Rue Main, Manhattan, Havana,

Pursued the ghosts of Glory—
Parliaments of movie screens—
Fiestas of butterflies, and secret
Eros, Eros, everywhere....

After auditing the News,
I suffered the insomnia
Of steel nails, heads battered
Until drowsy, woozy in wood.

Eternity expires as eyes close--
Or we succumb to sobbing....
But the honest poet voids
The dirty mind of Grief,

Knows the poet's grave
Is his deathless poems—
Dark, remorseless Beauty—
Light that scalpels eyes open.

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released May 7, 2017
Word's by Canada's Poet Laureate - George Elliott Clarke
Music and composition by - Susan Odle
The Band: George Elliott Clarke, susan o & lonelytown 

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susan o Ottawa, Ontario

susan o (Susan Odle) is an Ottawa based singer-songwriter folk-rocker,

Born in England, raised in Toronto and calling Ottawa home for a long time now, susan o’s songs have been described as “fragile folk and country songs that simmer in quiet desperation.” (Ottawa Xpress). ... more

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