Ratio by Ned Baeck

Poem title: Ratio poet name: Ned Baeck Poem begins: It was the image of his burnt face smeared with aloe, coolant. As a child, a hinge of stars on dark glass she could shatter. Then her surprise on an isolated beach, thinking it was another one fell asleep after loving her, she found the pale, washed corpse of Icarus. A tattoo on his inner thigh— Ratio—faded by the sun and sea. Without this the cave of the world is only the dream of some drunkard on a spree in the night, crashing through windows with the implausible grace of dead and dying stars. end of poem. Credits: Copyright © Ned Baeck Ned Baeck studied Liberal Arts at Concordia University and Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. His poetry has been published in untethered, The Continuist, Sewer Lid, Ottawa Arts Review, Prism and The Nashwaak Review. His first full-length collection of poems, Wait, was published by Guernica Editions in 2018. Another collection, Cage of Light, is forthcoming from Geurnica in 2022.