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The Summer We Didn't Die

by Christine Coates

The Summer We Didn’t Die is Christine Coates’ third poetry collection. It is an assured, tender collection that offers the reader a way to think about the mysteries at the heart of what it means to be human, in this place and time.

ISBN 9781928433026 | 104 pages | 198 x 129mm | 2021 | Modjaji Books, South Africa | Paperback



“These are poems of finely observed memory, poems of journeying and encounter–both inward and outward–to the mysteries of the heart, the mysteries of change and connection.”

Kobus Moolman

“Christine Coates’ poetry is lyrical, tender, and full of sensually charged memories. The Summer We Didn’t Die succeeds both as odyssey and as elegy.”

Finuala Dowling

“These beautiful poems never die. They remain alive through loss, grief, drought, fire and water, from the nineteenth century to the present day, from Hermanus to Istanbul, from Klerksdorp to Cape Town. Rhythmic, always enriching, the poetry keeps the reader close as Christine Coates’ sure voice guides us through the world anew.”

Wendy Woodward



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