A Directory To Online Poetry Recitations By Leonard Cohen

Many viewers have expressed a special appreciation for Leonard Cohen’s poetry recitations. If you fall into that group, this is a resource that will delight you. Marie, at Leonard Cohen Concordance, has compiled an annotated list of links to online recordings (including both videos and audio-only recordings) of Leonard Cohen reciting a significant number of his own poems as well as a few works by others: Poems Recited By Leonard Cohen.

I’ve included a screenshot below (click on image to enlarge) of the first few poems listed to offer a sense of the available recitations. The actual Poems Recited By Leonard Cohen list is, of course, much larger.

Leonard Cohen’s Rollicking Version Of “Is This What You Wanted” – Paris 1974

I’ve previously posted my contention that Is This What You Wanted offers the funniest lines of any Leonard Cohen song (see for example, Video: Is This What You Wanted by Leonard Cohen – Paris 1976). The performance of Is This What You Wanted at the 1974 Paris show, however, is the clincher to my argument. Leonard’s delivery is hilarious, the band, especially the honky-tonk piano, is into it, and the audience claps and chortles throughout the rendition. It is a treat. Heck, the introduction alone would justify Leonard’s self-assessment: “People say I’m a hoot to be with.”

This next song is a dialogue between you and your perfect lover, except your perfect lover is not present There is an excellent possibility that your perfect lover does not even exist.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen – Is This What You Wanted
Paris: October 20, 1974

Thanks to Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner for making this version of “Is This What You Wanted” available. Photo by Pete Purnell.

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Vibrant Performance Of Everybody Knows – Rotterdam 2013

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Rotterdam: Sept 18, 2013
Video: info4allat

Best 2013 Leonard Cohen Videos: The best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2013 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist

Originally posted Sep 19, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric