By Jim McLean
Burton House Books
Jim McLean, author of The Secret Life of a Railway Man and 1957 searches for Beethoven in the Canadian landscape. Taking on the rhythms of the composer, the poet bares the abuse Beethoven suffered at the hand of his father, exposes the passions of this man who loved many women, and brings to life the isolation and anger caused by his loss of hearing. Through skillfull use of techniques learned from William Carlos Williams, each poem in Beethoven is both a script for performance and a piano, that Jim Mclean plays, sometimes in ragtime, sometimes in the blues, but mostly as Beethoven played it, from the heart.