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Richard Skinner

Richard Skinner has published four books of poems with Smokestack: the light user scheme (2013), Terrace (2015), The Malvern Aviator (2018) and his latest book, Invisible Sun, which was released in June 2021. Richard is Director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy.

Band Aid


My minds? Simple.

My heads? Talking.

My lips? Flaming.

My lizards? Flying.

My machine? Soft.

My house? Crowded.

My Mondays? Happy.

My weekend? Vampire.

My youth? Sonic.

My music? Roxy.

My mode? Depeche.

My order? New.

My Dan? Steely.

My Floyd? Pink.

My valentine? Bloody.

My punk? Daft.

My enemy? Public.

My underground? Velvet.

My furs? Psychedelic.

My dead? Grateful.


White


Come and show me the magic

Chairman Mao.

Half of what I say is meaningless

oceanchild.


Life in a Oncetime


Here it is silent

the water is flowing

My large blue wife

is holding the wrong hand

rocks stones water money

You yourself go underground

removing and not removing

This isn’t the same ocean

that is ever flowing

I let the dissolving days go

behind me where there is

the wheel of a lifetime

My large silent wife

my right blue days

dissolving at the bottom

Here it is silent

the water is flowing

down under the rocks stones

find how the days work

flowing as a beautiful highway

that comes into this house

You ask me where I am

What to hold on to

Here it is silent

the water is flowing

My large silent wife

my right blue days

rocks stones water money

You yourself go underground

dissolving at the bottom

My large blue wife

is holding the wrong hand

Here it is silent

the water is flowing

down under the rocks stones

find how the days work

removing and not removing

This isn’t the same ocean

flowing as a beautiful highway

that comes into this house

behind me where there is

the wheel of a lifetime

that is ever flowing

I let the dissolving days go

You ask me where I am

What to hold on to