Fire Drought Water by Christine Coates
13 Aug 2018
In March 2015 devastating fires swept across the Cape Peninsula, destroying thousands of hectares of mountainside and property. The fires roared down the mountain where Christine lives, destroying a large part of her property. She spent the rest of 2015 and 2016 restoring and rebuilding an indigenous and fynbos garden, only to have a drought of three years follow the fires. These poems of fire, drought, restoration, rain and water, chart the trials and lessons of an urban dweller relearning her relationship with nature.
About the author:
Christine Coates, a poet and writer from Cape Town, holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Cape Town. Her debut poetry collection Homegrown, published in 2014 by Modjaji Books, received an honourable mention for the Glenna Luschei Prize.