I don’t think [poetry is] for everybody. In its pure form it’s like bee pollen. I feel that way about poetry. The honey of poetry is all over the place. It is in the writing of the National Geographic, when an idea is absolutely clear and beautiful; it’s in movies; it’s all over because the taste of significance is that which we call poetry, when something resonates with a particular kind of significance. We may not call it poetry but we’ve experienced poetry. It’s got something to do with truth and rhythm and authority and music.
From Jewish Book News Interview With Leonard Cohen by Arthur Kurzweil And Pamela Roth: 1994. Originally posted Aug 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric