By Katelyn Sack

Katelyn Sack is a writer, painter, musician, nanny, medical botany researcher, and political economist residing in Charlottesville. Her recent work has appeared in the UK Guardian, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Science Creative Quarterly, Yankee Pot Roast, and Opium Magazine online.


White pear blossoms blurring on the downhill stride; cloud veins branching, bursting blue-blood lights and streaks; marmalade fractal-smudged bites in a Sunday; points on the mounts’ horizon, range upon range dipping over the edge of the world; angles drawn with straight lines on that world, bending Euclid, because they can, because they must – no limit to truth when the paper crumples, crumbs of calculations dropping off like forsythia-yellow stars.


Good morning, class. It is time to study flowers. Johnny, I don’t care if the dog ate your homework. We have our own models right here. Yes, Harrietta, we can start with math: their angles, golden triangles; the perfect addition of a bud, above and below; this segues into physics for the day: the tilt and toss, mechanically correct, the balance of leaf upon root, the pull of earth and sun; light eaters, reflecting pink and lavender by way of leaving them, untouched, on the plate of their surfaces, like broccoli in the cafeteria. Sorry, Charlie, but chemistry is next:…


(Click here for larger image) A is for Amygdala B is for Brainstem C is for Cerebellum D is for Diencephalon E is for Epithalamus F is for Frontal lobe G is for Gray matter H is for Hypothalamus I is for Interbrain J is for Joints of Luschka K is for Kolliker’s reticulum L is for Lateral sulcus M is for Medulla oblongata N is for Neuroglia O is for Occipital lobe P is for Pons Q is for Corpora Quadrigemina R is for Reticular formation S is for Somatic sensory area (within Parietal lobe) T is for Temporal…