Al Beck
2011 Missouri Honor Scroll Award

Al Beck, 80, banjo-playing artist/writer from Monroe City, returns after a long hiatus. He regaled several panelists in the National Annual Senior Poets Laureate Poetry Competitions with his joyful wit. Al served as a judge in the 2008 event, but has also won various awards. The retired professor’s infectious sense of humor radiates from this blurb for his 2011 book “Selecting Prepared Signs of Pith & Vinegar” on which the address to which to send orders is missing. Al’s sun sign is Aries.

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For elderly moments
of philosophic spinning;
to maintain a mindset
constantly grinning,
walk out of the game while
you feel like you’re winning.

Al Beck