Leonard Cohen's Final Poetry Book Gets Release Date

'The Flame' will include intimate, previously unpublished notebook sections, illustrations, prose pieces

Canadian singer Leonard Cohen performs during the Nice Jazz Festival, on July 22, 2008 in Nice, southern France. Credit: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

Leonard Cohen's final book of poetry, The Flame, will be published in October 2018, the Guardian reports. Cohen finished the book just months before his death, in November 2016, at age 82.

The collection will include mostly new material, according to the publisher, Canongate. Cohen's former manager and the trustee of his estate, Robert Kory, said in a statement that completing The Flame was one of the artist's main objectives prior to his death. He culled material from unpublished poems, selections from his notebooks that commented on "the flame and how our culture threatened its extinction," said Kory.

Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist before turning to music. His first book, Let Us Compare Mythologies, came out in 1956, followed by The Spice-Box of Earth (1961) and Flowers for Hitler (1964). His first album as a singer-songwriter came out in 1967, when he was in his early thirties. 

In addition to prose pieces, illustrations and intimate sections of his notebooks, The Flame will include the full lyrics of his three final albums and lyrics he wrote for Blue Art, by frequent collaborator, Anjani, Canongate said. 

On November 6th, Lana Del Rey, Elvis Costello, Sting, Philip GlassFeist and Cohen's son Adam will be among the artists to perform at Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen at Montreal's Bell Center.