Some of your poetry and songs use religious images.
Yes, that’s just because that was the only mythology that I was presented with as I grew up – was a religious mythology. But you know, we talk of the flood and we speak of the ark, and Noah and the dove, all those are symbols arid allegories that have entered our consciousness and language through religious channels, but they don’t necessarily extend for religious experience today, they stand for an experience that includes religion, but does not exclude other kinds of experience. But that was the mythology that I inherited, so I use it for all experiences, not specifically for religious experiences.
Leonard Cohen interview by Malka Marom (1970s). Photo by Sam Gray.