Leonard Cohen was a contributor to Poet’s Choice edited by Paul Engle and Joseph Langland. (New York: The Dial, 1962). The premise of the book is revealed in its subtitle: “103 of the Greatest Living Poets Choose Their Favorite Poem from Their Own Work and Give the Reason for Their Choice.”
Leonard Cohen’s choice and comment follows:
From The Spice-Box of Earth by Leonard Cohen
With Annie gone
Whose eyes to compare
With the morning sun?
Not that I did compare,
But I do compare
Now that she’s gone.
I want to write and read poems filled with terror and music that change laws and lives. This isn’t one of them. But it has stuck with me long enough, like a lucky stone, to suggest that it’s true.