Collector’s Humour

‘Ink and skin, human remains and preserved specimen, museum object and trace of subjective memory: all of these descriptions cohere around and within the Wellcome tattooed skins’

Gemma Angel, ‘A Movement of the Soul’


Snake eyes

one pip on each die

the dog throw


A cur’s tag

inked on leathery-bark

to mark a crawled life


Even after death,

the gambler’s loss

is the collector’s gain


Skin inside scales

eyes forever open

in the dark body of a snake-skin box.