“The truth of the line overwhelms all other considerations.”
-Leonard Cohen, The Book Of Longing.
I have been reading The Book Of Longing and have been very inspired by it. I really want to learn more about Cohen. He wrote some of it while staying at Mt Baldy Zen Center as a Buddhist Monk in seclusion. There is something about that fact that makes the poetry more touching to me, partly because I am also Buddhist but also because the poetry really displays his human side, even as he was seeking spirituality.
This particular quote caught my attention because it was hand written alongside a self portrait he drew in ink. I am interested in this idea of the line being truth, as in when you draw something, the line that is laid down with your hands is pure truth. If that makes sense.