Animated Video: A Kite Is A Victim By Leonard Cohen, Read by Paul Hecht


In the animation [below],  from the NFB’s 1977 “Poets on Film No. 1,” Canadian actor Paul Hecht reads Cohen’s poem “A Kite is a Victim,” from his 1961 collection The Spice-Box of Earth… “A Kite is a Victim” is about process, but it’s a formal meditation, focused on the image of the kite, which flutters through each of the four stanzas in metaphors of taming, capturing and nurturing language, then letting it go, hoping to be made “worthy and lyric and pure.” The pace of Hecht’s reading, the piano score behind his voice, and the vibrant color of the hand-drawn animation makes this a very different experience of Cohen’s writing than “Poen.”

Excerpt from The Poetry of Leonard Cohen Illustrated by Two Short Films by Josh Jones (Open Culture: July 18th, 2013)

A Kite Is A Victim By Leonard Cohen
Read by Paul Hecht