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The Poet Who Forgot
The Poet Who Forgot uncovers the unique personal friendship that developed between AD Hope and Catherine Cole through the creative dynamics of their mentor-apprentice relationship.
AD (Alec) Hope was a world-renowned poet when Catherine Cole, a young undergraduate student of Australian Literature sent a polite letter from student to poet asking for a meeting. That bold step sparked a lively correspondence between the two that continued close to two decades, from 1983 until Hope’s death in 2000.
Hope’s letters reveal the generosity which influenced an emerging writer while exploring the ways in which we move towards maturity and old age, remembering and forgetting as we live our lives. The Poet Who Forgot offers humorous and rich observations on life, literature and writing practice.
Praise for The Poet Who Forgot:
Cole’s book is arresting from its first moment until its plangent last words.PETER PIERCE, THE AGE