The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-3                                                      DECEMBER -2013                                           Number-2



A book review of Al Beck’s  ‘SPIRITUAL RECOVERY’S DISCOVERY’

By Dr. Pradeep Chaswal




Willowbrook Illinois Press


ISBN :978-0-578-13142-9

Pages: 128

Price: $ 21


Al Beck’s new book presents a mixture of various emotions. It presents an inner struggle to bring back balance in personal life after the loss of his dear wife.  The very beginning of the book states:


The infection of circumstances

leading to Carmen’s death

still throb inside me. (AL, EULOGIZING CARMEN)


The book contains nine chapters.  I would like to quote Bruce Petsche, whose association with Al Beck goes back more than 50 years. He says:

 To a degree I shared Al’s grief because I got to

 know Carmen as a creative force who helped

 support Al in his artistic endeavors.  (Foreword)



Al recreates language and style to express his unique poetic experience of dream and sublimity:


Life’s best scheme

 is not a dream

‘Cause when I’m

in my prime, it’s

the right time to

feel sublime  (p.115)


he also exhorts the reader to explore :


… the difference between

superficially satisfying

and sublime.


The book is a vast ocean of gems of poetic thought and opinions including the drawings of the poetic expressions which will lead the reader through the journey called life to sublime experience of soul. It is, indeed, a great masterpiece of Al.