Leonard Cohen: “The reason I write is …”

The reason I write is to discover the newness of my mind and the newness of my thought, and that can only be discovered when you submit yourself to this process in which you have to defend the words and the lines and the new ideas. Nothing new arises if you’re just allowed to unfold your thought with no tension.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen interview by Barbara Gowdy held on November 19, 1992 published in 1994 in the book “One on One: The Imprint Interviews” (edited by Leanna Crouch and published by Somerville House Publishing)