Leonard Cohen, the Minor Poet
KM: Are you surprised at what you’ve achieved in life or did you always feel that you were destined to make yourself heard?
LC: I thought I could do one or two things in writing. I always had the idea of being a kind of minor poet. It was the minor poets I really liked, the writers who put one or two little poems in the anthologies. Those are the people who really touched me rather than the great writers like Shakespeare or Goethe. It’s a good thing I had that view because I’m not one of those writers like Shakespeare or Goethe.
From an interview by Kristine McKenna published in Another Room Magazine, Spring 1985.