Where We Might Have Been

Don Coles

Where We Might Have Been, Don Coles' first book of new poetry in a decade, provides everything we've come to expect from the Governor General Award-winning poet: exact observations sharply etched with unimprovable lines, simple moments crackling with psychological complexity and a plain-speaking sophistication entirely his own. But there is also something different in these poems: a canny, energized, improvisatory fluency newly alive to Coles' trademark stock-taking. Where We Might Have Been transforms family memories, old European haunts, and literary mementoes into tour de force reckonings of mortality. Rarely has Coles' self-scrutiny been so exposed and exciting.

Signal Editions
Poetry 2010


"Don Coles makes poems which are attentive, tender, flexible, offhand but exact-intricate journeys, which are a joy to follow." Margaret Atwood

"Coles writes so elegantly and so convincingly that we would follow him anywhere." -Literary Review of Canada

Don Coles is the author of ten books of poetry and the novel Doctor Bloom's Story. He won the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 1993 for Forests of the Medieval World and the Trillium prize in 2000 for Kurgan. Formerly a professor at York University, he lives in Toronto.

Other books by Don Coles:
Little Bird
K. in Love
How We All Swiftly: The First Six Books
A Dropped Glove in Regent Street: An Autobiography by Other Means
Trade paperback
88 pp 8.5" x 5"
ISBN13: 9781550652949

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