Mischief Night brings together the best work from Roddy Lumsden's three previous collections, as well as a whole new collection, The Drowning Man. It also contains poems from his pamphlet The Bubble Bride and the previously uncollected sonnet sequence Cavoli Riscaldati.
"Sharp, bright and utterly heartbreaking, this collection by one of the most intriguing voices is alternatingly roguish, curmudgeonly, insecure, and tender. The speaker woos and teases, cajoles and repels, withdrawing before beginning again. Though the poems offer no utopian promise, no deliverance, they cut to the quick with the difficult truth of longing, need, and the 'salt of hopelessness'."
Monique Tschofen, New Delta Review
"There are tremendous narrative poems, mysterious, lingering onesÖ and unforgettably realistic tales of melancholy sexual encountersÖ Lumsden is a brilliant vivisector and pathologist of the contemporary relationshipÖ all we can ask for in poetry: contemplation, intelligence, stylistic beauty. Like a spreadsheet of a morality adventure, like perfectly articulated painÖ a helpless celebration of Life's adventures."
Alan Warner, The Scotsman