Leonard Cohen Once Wrote A Poem Called 'Kanye West Is Not Picasso'

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He has a new posthumous book called The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings out now, and the collection includes a poem called "Kanye West Is Not Picasso". But a few hours before the rapper arrived at the White House in a "Make America Great Again" cap and spouted off a 10-minute speech praising the commander-in-chief, a poem that the late Leonard Cohen wrote about Yeezy surfaced online.

"Kanye West is not Picasso / I am Picasso", the poem reads, in part. Later he adds, "I am the Kanye West Kanye West thinks he is/ When he shoves your ass off the stage". At the time Kanye was promoting his upcoming album So Help Me God (LOL) and had just released a handful of songs with Paul McCartney, while Cohen was leading up to the release of his live album Can't Forget. Interestingly, Jay-Z had a song/art piece called "Picasso Baby" in 2013.

If I'm reading it right, the poem is not flattering toward Kanye.

Kanye West dominated the news cycle Thursday, thanks to his freakish meeting with President Donald Trump.

Cohen died little more than a week after Trump won the 2016 presidential election, so the poem clearly had nothing to do with the rapper's Oval Office meeting.

"This volume contains my father's final efforts as a poet", writes Cohen's son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword.