“Poetry is a verdict, not an intention” Leonard Cohen “But I wouldn’t take the matter too seriously”

Lizzie: As a writer of poetry, I come across a lot of people who ‘write poems’ and call themselves ‘poets’. I have always subscribed to something you wrote along the lines of “the title of poet is something that is bestowed by others and not something bestowed on oneself” and so have refused to call myself ‘poet’ and await, and await the bestowing!!

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Dear Lizzie, I once said ‘poetry is a verdict, not an intention’ but I wouldn’t take the matter too seriously. We can call ourselves whatever we want.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Oct 16, 2001 Online Chat