Life Science (New Jersey, 1963)

We slit open earthworms and pin them to wax,

cut dead frogs with small knives to find the heart

beneath tissue-skins bloated with formaldehyde

that sppurts onto navy wool blazers at the first incision . . .

–excerpt from “Life Science, New Jersey 1963” in Jumping Off the Train by Donna Pucciani (Blue Forge Press, formerly Windstorm Creative, Orchard House Press, 2007). First published in Willow Review.

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