Friday, August 13, 2010

Vale by Helen Hagemann, 4th August, 2010
I met this lovely man at his book launch of My Days Were Fauve, an Autobiography in Verse. I attended the launch with a friend, enjoyed Alec's reading, the wine and the company of many poets I knew. I bought Alec's book and was amazed at the creative, kinetic energy of his verse that was sustained throughout in imabic pentameter & rhyme. I later discovered that My Days Were Fauve was shortlisted for the WA Premier's Poetry Book Award 2002.
This book is now a good resource for me. I teach poetry in Fremantle, and know that Alec Choate's major works will eventually be held up to the light once more.

Rest in Peace, Alec, where the good poets go.

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