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Beethoven in Denver and Other Poems


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Author: Burton Raffel

Finalist, Independent Publisher Award

In this collection, Burton Raffel brings a lifetime of artistry to an enchanting and visionary story, followed by a sequence of jewel-like lyrics.

In the title poem, set during Raffel’s time as a Professor of English at the University of Denver, Beethoven returns from the dead and moves in with Raffel for extended conversations on music, politics, women, history, chocolate, mountains, love, and God.

According to the narrator, the composer returns because “Beethoven would risk anything,” but it is Raffel who has dared to imagine this magical, whimsical and inspired dialogue, forging anew the character of Romantic inspiration.

Over the course of the poem, Beethoven emerges as both ordinary and supernatural, naïve yet eternal, vulgar and divine.

In the end, Beethoven shows up missing, but not before Raffel transmits him to us as the generous ghost of our own creative yearnings.

Raffel then presents us with eighteen lyrics about love, death, and memory. It is a sequence that unleashes the inspired promise of the books’ first part, a dark, intense vision charged with revelations of the ordinary.

Filled both with creative joy and the acknowledgment of death, Beethoven in Denver and Other Poems stands as a major and mature work by one of the gifted poets of our time.

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 16 November, 2011.