Andrea McKenzie, 30, has written poetry and prose since she first learned to write. She grew up in Victoria, BC, where she still lives, and attended the University of Victoria, where she earned a bachelor degree in English Literature and a certificate in Public Relations. Her first book of poetry is A Mother's String (Ekstasis Editions). Her poems have appeared in Canadian Literature, Mocambo Nights, and Quills.

Monday's Poem

Andrea McKenzie


Sorry I Had To

locate her name
in the global directory,
not sure of how many matches might come

and perhaps you didn't think
of this tool, this landscape.

I had to know
the shape of her name
each stroke and incline. The hard sounds.

You thought my geography
was not so good.
Forgive me
I could not resist retracing
the broken lines on the map you left.