Michael Shannon Reads Leonard Cohen’s Poem About Kanye West

Leonard Cohen was the “real Kanye West.” At least, that’s what he wrote in a poem.

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The posthumously published poem, titled “Kanye West Is Not Picasso”, is included in the poetry collection The Flame by the late Canadian music icon.

In the poem, Cohen muses on a number of figures, including Pablo Picasso, West, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and Jay-Z, writing, “I am the real Kanye West” and “I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is.”

On Friday, Macmillan Audio released a clip from their forthcoming audiobook version of The Flame in which “Kanye West is Not Picasso” is read by Michael Shannon.

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West hasn’t yet responded to the poem but it got a big reaction from fans of both artists on Twitter.

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