Al Beck “intersperses Japanese haiku selections with American-style poetry” in his poetry books. … Writing is done when he feels led to write. Sometimes Beck only assembles a few words and thoughts. Then he might walk away until he’s got a new thought that completes the poem or essay.”
– Quincy Herald-Whig (Feb. 25, 2016)
“Melody and music inherent in the poems of this book will continue to echo forever in the depths of the hearts of the readers. I also do hope and believe that the message and advice contained in these poems will continue to guide the readers in their pursuit of free frank and unfettered growth and development of their imagination. I also hope and believe that this beautiful poetic work will certainly be admired and welcomed with a warm heart by the poets, poetry lovers, academicians, educationists, thinkers and philosophers.”
– review of Selecting Prepared Signs of Pith and Vinegar (2011) in The Muse
Al Beck’s witty, insightful poems, whimsical line drawings, and mini-essays may be found in his 30+ published books that address a multitude of topics, including art, education, music, and history. In 2006, he received the Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry: International Library of Poetry; and in 2007, he received second place in the 15th Annual National Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competition in Missouri.