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Leonard Cohen on how a 'sleazy' Toronto hotel helps him write poetry

In this 1963 interview from CBC Radio's Assignment, Cohen shares his writing process.

In this 1963 interview from CBC Radio's Assignment, Cohen shares his writing process

Leonard Cohen, pictured in a CBC interview from 1966. (CBC)

It's poetry week at q, so we're celebrating some of Canada's best poets. That includes in depth interviews and readings on the show, but we're also going through the rich archives at CBC to highlight some hidden gems online.

Above, Leonard Cohen on how a "sleazy hotel" in Toronto helps to inspire his poetry.

"I like to indulge myself in its sleaziness, which results in a lot of good poems," he says in the clip, taken from the CBC Radio show Assignment in 1963. "It's a completely brown hotel," he continues. "And I love brown hotels, the light's brown, the bed is brown, the walls are brown, in fact, you become brown yourself."