The Boy with Nails in His Eyes

Katy Evans-Bush is running a competition over at Baroque in Hackney, referencing Edward Gorey’s Gashlycrumb tinies.

They remind me of Tim Burton’s The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy collection, which I always found disturbing and compelling in a similar way. I think much of the power in both cases comes from the illustrations.

Here’s The Boy with Nails in His Eyes, for example:

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The Boy with Nails in his Eyes
put up his aluminium tree.
It looked pretty strange
because he couldn’t really see.

– Tim Burton

Anyhow, go write a rhyme for Katy!

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