Leonard Cohen's poem on Kanye West from 'The Flame' gets buzz online

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Enter Michael Shannon, an imposing actor as any on the screen, who made a decision to lend the full weight of his gruff, bass-heavy voice for a truly chilling read of the poem.

"I am Picasso!" West declared during a 2013 concert, adding for good measure: "I am Michelangelo!"

Ironically, West is scheduled to meet with the President Trump again today, continuing his public parade of insanity that caused wife Kim Kardashian West to come to the rapper's defense after his tweets started showing signs of nuttiness. "The Flame", Cohen's posthumous book of poetry, was released on October 2, and one poem is entitled "Kanye West Is Not Picasso". But many were quick to call it "a diss poem from beyond the grave".

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The late Leonard Cohen was at least as well known for his poetry as for his legendary songwriting. And don't forget, "I am the Kanye West of Kanye West/ The Kanye West/ Of the great bogus shift of bullshit culture/ From one boutique to another".

The poem begins with the frank lines, "Kanye West is not Picasso/ I am Picasso". "It's not necessary to identify". In the poem from Cohen's posthumous book, he declares, "Kanye West is not Picasso / I am Picasso", then in Kanye-esque fashion goes on to compare himself to Edison and Tesla. "When we are exposed to someone's real experience, it resonates and it invigorates". "I am the Dylan of anything", says the poem. "My brain is broken and what is life". He also seems to throw some shade at JAY-Z, writing, "Jay-Z is not the Dylan of anything / I am the Dylan of anything".


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