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The Light User Scheme

Authors: Richard Skinner

Published by Smokestack Books

ISBN: 9780957172296

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Each poem in The Light User Scheme is a short, tight burst of narrative. They aim to capture what is going on around us, in full sight or glimpsed in periphery. What results is a subtly interwoven series of resonant images, oblique glances and condensed emotional intrigue, amid a knowing consideration of the poetry form.

“Skinner works for the larger design of the poem really powerfully.” – Daljit Nagra


Richard Skinner is the author of three novels published by Faber: The Red Dancer: The Life and Times of Mata Hari (2002; ISBN 9780571209347), The Velvet Gentleman (2008; ISBN 9782746711198) and The Mirror (forthcoming). He is also the author of Fiction Writing: The Essential Guide to Writing a Novel (Hale, 2009; ISBN 9780709086468). His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines including Staple, Brand and Magma. Having taught Life & Creative Writing for many years at Goldsmiths’ College, he is now Director of the Fiction Programme at the Faber Academy. He lives in London.

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