Even before he had much of an audience, Leonard Cohen had a distinct idea of the audience he wanted - he was out to reach inner-directed adolescents, lovers in all degrees of anguish, disappointed Platonists, pornography-peepers, hair-handed monks and Popists. Through his poems, novels and songs, he has managed to do so. His work has a death-haunted, spiritual texture. When asked if he intended his work to reflect a kind of spirituality, he hesitated before he answered. “I start with artistic dedication. I know that if the spirit is on you it will touch on to the other human receptors. But I dare not begin from the other side. It’s like pronouncing the holy name - you simply don’t do it. But if you are lucky, and you are graced, then these deeper responses will be produced.”

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