“Windbreak” © Dr. Regina Valluzzi



Rhythms in hands with amber beads,
twisting so tight their eyes are white,
all know the cause of death is life,
a virus coils the dying light,
the most this life delivers is grief.

Rhythms in blood with corvid beads,
unlocks with stealth for them to seed,
gripping so tight all life is night,
seeding in minds there is no flight,
locking all cells with chains that feed.

Rhythms in minds with amber beads,
breathing so tight their lungs are grief,
I see their tears, their grins, their fall,
all know the cause of death is life,
a virus coils a spinning ball.


Phil Wood was born in Wales. He has worked in statistics, shipping and a biscuit factory. His recent work can be found in: Kleksograph, DM du Jour, and Streetcake Magazine.

Art can illuminate even the most elusive and difficult to comprehend ideas. Visual rules and tightly codified visual metaphors help scientists communicate complex ideas mostly amongst themselves, but they can also become barriers to new ideas and insights. Dr. Regina Valluzzi’s images are abstracted and diverged from the typical rules and symbols of scientific illustration and visualization; they provide an accessible window into the world of science for both scientists and non-scientists.