Building an Alphabet with Art and Attitude

Poetry - General
64 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2016
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Author Biography

Peter Liptak was born in Chicago, Illinois, grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and moved to South Korea in 1995. For the last 20 years he's been living and writing in Seoul. A world traveler and avid cyclist, Peter loves to say "Woo Hoo!" and knows that the simple experiences in life hold the greatest adventures.

Exploring his interests at the University of Minnesota, from the wonders of Astronomy and Anthropology to Philosophy and Poetics, he graduated with a BA in English Literature. Peter learned new skills as a preschool teacher, waiter, dance instructor and massage therapist in school and has worked as an actor, teacher, and writer since. Completing his Master's in Korean History at Yonsei University and using Korea as a source of inspiration, linguistic and otherwise.

    Book Review

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.