Granny’s Face

After child birth
Stretch marks appear
As though the skin
Is a glass
Fallen face-flat on the floor
Barely in one piece

Even time
Draw lines
On skin
When we fall deep into age
Can’t you see the wrinkles
Carved as folds
On granny’s face


“Vertical Space Sun” © Dr. Regina Valluzzi


It’s all Perspective

A window that is half open
From a point
Is half closed from another
It’s all perspectives
A sea that lies before earth
Sees a sun dosing
Falling into its salt
But the one trickling
Crawling off a stone
Tastes like a moon
In a womb
On the curtainface
Dancing in the music
Of constellation
Consuming the pulse
Of watery lyrics
That dampens the throat of a thirst
It’s all perspectives
Sight goes out the window
To fetch meaning
Eyes come into the room
To see perspective
It’s all perspectives


Saddiq Dzukogi is a Nigerian poet with three poetry collections. His poems have appeared in the sarabamagazine, African Writer, ANAreview, and Ebedi Review among others.

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.