Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 1968 International Poetry Forum Poster – Pittsburgh Carnegie Hall

This poster announcing Leonard Cohen’s January 17, 1968 presentation at the International Poetry Forum was created by pioneering pop artist Jim Dine.

Judy Collins Sings Leonard Cohen Songs, Puzzles Pittsburgh Poetry Patrons

Research on this poster led to me the discovery of a 1966 Poetry Forum gig by Judy Collins who played several selections from Leonard Cohen – and flopped. That story can be found at Collins Covers Cohen, Confounds Carnegie Culture Crowd


The International Poetry Forum was founded by Dr. Samuel Hazo “to demonstrate the relevance and centrality of poetry to the public through the oral presentation of poetry.” From 1966 to 2009, when the economic collapse made funding impossible, the International Poetry Forum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sponsored more than 500 poetry recitals and related events in Pittsburgh and Washington, DC. Performers have included Nobel Awardees, Pulitzer and National Book Award Winners, Academy and Tony Awardees plus numerous other significant poets such as Archibald MacLeish, Richard Wilbur, Robert Lowell, Robert Penn Warren, Billy Collins, Robert Pinsky, Muriel Rukeyser, Philip Levine,  Senator Eugene J. McCarthy, Adam Zagajewski, and Seamus Heaney.

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Sydney’s Peripatetic Poster 2013

This sign promoting the Nov 16, 2013 Leonard Cohen Sydney concert and the Nov 23, 2013 Hill Winery show was originally spotted at the Sydney Entertainment Centre but later, according to the photographer (Bev aka B4real),  it “found its way across the street onto the one just outside my hotel window.”  While the explanation of this phenomenon is a matter of speculation, the primary hypotheses follow:

  1. The sign was laid off at the end of the Cohen concert and was reduced to hanging out on street corners
  2. The sign was stalking Bev
  3. It’s another one of those pesky time-space warps
  4. That’s just the kind of weirdness that happens every day in Oz

Note: Originally posted November 19, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2012 Toulon Concert

Ad promoting the Sept 26, 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour Concert in Toulon, France. Contributed by Véronique BUCCHINI. (Special thanks go to Dominique BOILE, who informed Ms Bucchini of DrHGuy & the quest for material about the Toulon show.) Originally posted October 20, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric