Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

The Map in My Head

By Anthony Purdy

Spring 2020 - The Map In My Head

 

 

I lost the map in my head today as I drove out of Lunenburg. It’s happened before, but not when I’ve been driving. I had turned right by the tennis courts as usual after leaving the Old Town’s anterior cingulate and was just approaching the point where the road bends to the left, when what I was looking at through the windshield suddenly had no meaning, had lost all familiarity. Normally the map in my head would have slipped seamlessly and automatically over the roadscape framed by the windshield, which would have been immediately recognizable as the road home out of Lunenburg. But today there was nothing …


Anthony Purdy is Professor Emeritus at the University of Western Ontario. He currently lives in Nova Scotia and writes stories and poems.