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.