Today’s poem is by Liz Clark, virologist and poet, and is a beautiful example of the mixing of science and poetry. It is a stream of consciousness from the mind of a virologist counting viral particles. Plaques are the clearings on petri plates that indicate viral infection has occurred and dilutions and overlays are experimental procedures used to generate those plaques. Illustration (ink and colored pencil on vellum) and composition by me. The illustration was inspired by Ernesto Neto‘s O Tempo Oco and Guillermo Kuitca‘s Nocturnes, both at the MFA Boston. Happy Friday!