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Friday, July 29, 2016

So Long, Marianne

Marianne Ihlen, the lovely muse of Leonard Cohen almost half a century ago, immortalized in his classic "So Long, Marianne," has passed away suddenly, shortly after being diagnosed with leukemia.  Their story was really remarkable.    From a Leonard poem:

I have lost a telephone
with your smell in it

Did you take the telephone
knowing I'd sniff it immoderately
maybe heat up the plastic
to get all the crumbs of your breath

and if you won't come back
how will you phone to say
you won't come back
so that I could at least argue

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