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  • Do this with your forceps and try your hardest not to damage the wings.
    [From HOW TO: Pin a Butterfly, November 21, 2008 by Laurie, http://blog.hmns.org/2008/11/how-to-preserve-a-butterfly/]

    Core down gently, so
    gray-matter memories tear up.

    Smear slide and pierce with pin,
    flay for easy viewing;
    draw blood and sketch heartstring,
    naval gaze, deep within.

    Above, below and through—
    peer, the camera flashing.
    Hear electricity,
    juicing up and snapping.

    Preserve this flitting story,
    see its gory beauty—
    so carefully betrayed,
    in The Shadow box displayed.

    Surprise. Blip, blip, blip,
    her heartbeat touches me,
    gray-matter memories tear up.


    [Photograph by: Loie Fuller, Digital ID: (b&w film copy neg.) cph 3b32532 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b32532, Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-86015, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.]
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