"I threw open the shutters light fell on this poem": First Edition of Leonard Cohen's The Energy of Slaves; Signed by Him

  • The Energy of Slaves.
  • The Energy of Slaves.

The Energy of Slaves.

Item Number: 87984

New York: The Viking Press, 1972.

First edition of this collection of poems. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Leonard Cohen on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light wear. Jacket design by Blanche Simkin.

Leonard Cohen called Energy of Slaves, "one of the strongest pieces I've ever done… In many ways, I like that book the best of anything I've ever done." With this volume of over nearly 120 poems, many from the late 1960s, "Cohen introduced a theme that his later poetry, especially Death of a Lady's Man, extended: the failure of imagination and inspiration when love and beauty are attained… In a 1977 interview he said of it… 'I wanted to get back into my own baroque from a clean position.' Introducing each poem in the book was the silhouette of a razor blade."