The impossibility of extinction in the mind of someone living
means that, in the great hall of the Natural History Museum,
the famous gravy bones of the diplodocus have been replaced
by the low-ceilinged sky of an enormous blue whale.
Samuel Tongue is a widely-published poet with a debut collection, Sacrifice Zones (Red Squirrel 2020) and two pamphlet collections: Stitch (Tapsalteerie, 2018) and Hauling-Out (Eyewear, 2016). A selection of poems is to be published in Ukrainian by KROK in 2021. Samuel’s poems have featured in journals and newspapers including And Other Poems, Butcher’s Dog, Blackbox Manifold, Envoi, Finished Creatures, Magma, Northwords Now, Gutter, The Herald, The Interpreter’s House, The Scotsman, The Compass and the anthologies 100 Poems to Save the Earth (Seren, 2021) and Be The First to Like This: New Scottish Poetry (Vagabond Voices, 2014).