“Line of Demarcation” by Jake Byrne
Line of Demarcation
Sadiqa de Meijer on “Line of Demarcation”
“Line of Demarcation” is a sparse and evocative poem. Its form takes the shape of a crash, of debris, and of the way in which a pane of breaking glass “briefly ripples, as a liquid does.” The poem uses the notion of physics equations to speak of how experiences of loss, mortality, and love take shape within us. It reads intriguingly on the page, but is also powerfully moving when heard aloud.
Jake Byrne is a queer writer, the winner of CV2’s Young Buck Poetry Prize for 2019, and his work has been published in journals throughout North America. He is a settler based in Tkarón:to, on the traditional meeting place of the nations of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, the Haudenosaunee, and the Missisaugas of the Credit River.