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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
Letters: Building an Alphabet with Art and Attitude (ABC… the Art and Poetry of the English Alphabet Explained in a Philosophical Verse of Rhythm and Rhyme) by Peter N. Liptak is a light-hearted discourse on the twenty-six letters that make up the English alphabet. Cleverly and colourfully illustrated by Lynn Tsan, it is a fascinating book for adults, and very possibly one that would prompt a lively discussion in a high school classroom setting. The poems each have their own rhythmic flow that deludes the reader into viewing them as traditional rhyming verse; they are actually freestyle, crafted by a talented poet with a love of language and the art of creating life with words.
Peter N. Liptak has fashioned twenty-five truly brilliant freestyle poems and combined them with apt illustrations by Lynn Tsan in his book, Letters: Building an Alphabet with Art and Attitude. Twenty-five, not twenty-six, because The Archways of m & n combine two letters. I loved them all, but I do have a favourite. It is Sifting Through Circles of C: “Open-ended at its inception, Your eyes led to the circled reception Of the perception of C’s conception.” That is an ideal example of Peter N. Liptak’s freestyle rhyme; two of the earlier lines end in fit and moon, and all vary in length. Letters: Building an Alphabet with Art and Attitude is a book to treasure and every reader will enjoy choosing their own favourite poem.