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This review is taken from PN Review 181, Volume 34 Number 5, May - June 2008.

UP ON THE LOW WIRE Leonard Cohen, Book of Longing (Harper Collins) $24.95

Fans of Leonard Cohen will find that the latest volume of his words and images fulfils their emotional and artistic expectations of the writer, singer/songwriter, performer, and artist.

People interested in poetry and distrustful of writers who over-work the theme of the author's unrequited sex life will not.

For those who have not made up their minds, I quote the following poem in its entirety as a test of one's susceptibility to Leonard Cohen's charms. Entitled 'The Sweetist Little Song' and accompanied by a small, aerial sketch of a woman taking a bath, it reads

You go your way
I'll go your way too

Thanks but I'm going to go thattaway.



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