Read The Poem Leonard Cohen Wrote About Kanye West

Leonard Cohen and Kanye West

In Cohen's about-to-be-published final book The Flame, he included a poem titled "Kanye West Is Not Picasso".

Yesterday, amid the circus that was Kanye West's visit to meet Donald Trump in the Oval Office, a new poem by Leonard Cohen re-surfaced, shared on social media by Americana star Amanda Shires, that went viral and delighted his many detractors.

On Thursday, the same day the Grammy-winning rapper had a freakish confab with President Trump, who praised him earlier as a "genius", musician Amanda Shires tweeted the Canadian songsmith's 21-line poem - which was published last week in a book about his writings titled "The Flame". "Kanye West is not Picasso/ I am Picasso", Cohen writes.

West's Grammy-nominated album from 2016 is also called "The Life of Pablo". "I'm Number Zero.' Meaning, as I understood it at the time-and I was not ready to dispute it-that his work was beyond measure and my work was pretty good". "I am Edison/ I am Tesla". "I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is/ When he shoves your a - off the stage/ I am the real Kanye West".

Shannon's gravely drawl is a ideal fit for the boiling prose, and there's something nearly cathartic about hearing him spit out verses like, "I am the Kanye West of Kanye West/ The Kanye West/ Of the great bogus shift of bullshit culture/ From one boutique to another". "It's not necessary to identify. When we are exposed to someone's real experience, it resonates and it invigorates".

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Poems in "The Flame" are said to have been selected and ordered by Cohen himself.

In other words, Johnson wrote, West's poem was Cohen's "koan-like answer to a poetry slam".

Chris Wooden tweeted "Congrats to Leonard Cohen for writing one of the hardest rap verses I've ever seen". And the late singer and songwriter scrawls that he "only come [s] alive after a war".

Montreal Gazette columnist Brendan Kelly was not a fan.

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

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