Sunday, March 25, 2007

A Mother's String

ISBN 1-894800-69-9 A Mother’s String (poetry) $16.95
published 2005 72 pages

A Mother’s String is about the lessons we learn in love and patience. It is about the family ties that bind even in the absence of those we are bound to. The poems are haunted by the memory of homes lived in or wished for. In them we remember our younger selves who have still to learn how far we can climb, how far we can fall.

A Mother's String can be purchased at:

Ivy's Books (Oak Bay)
Tanners' Books (Sidney, BC)
A Review of A Mother's String, published in the Pacific Rim Review of Books, Summer 2006
by Linda Rogers
It is astonishing that such a young poet is so aware of the ambiguities of string. From umbilicus to birthday wrapping to leash to apron string, Andrea McKenzie uses the emotional material at hand to present the ordinary and sometimes extraordinary experience of girls - rejection, love, cruelty and reconciliation - in neatly wrapped packages of loss and redemption. Already McKenzie has learned how to offer her poems as gifts for the world. Her last lines make magnificent bows: I said it back/ When this happens, remember your body and stay there/ the cord gets tangled/ a hand coming down upon her head. Her linked images are proverbs knotted on a string so that none of them them may be lost on the journey from darkness to light. Most delightfully, McKenzie's quest takes her directly from the intensely personal to the universal. Unlike those poets who circle themselves and get nowhere, she has already turned from self-healing to mending a broken world.

Posted by Andrea McKenzie at 12:25 AM

Stephen said...
I have this book. It is very well well written, and very moving.
December 4, 2006 9:20 PM

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