‘White Noise Machine’ (Salt, 2023)
‘There’s a tremendous kinetic energy in these poems, evidenced in the wide variety of linguistic stratagems he deploys to express the wonder and joy of things. These range from bright-eyed vocalic transpositions to wholesale melding of poems by different authors. It’s all part of the pleasure afforded by this truly remarkable collection.’
— Peter Didsbury, author of A Fire Shared (read the full review here)
‘Imbued with the spirits of Peter Gabriel, Agnes Martin and MacNeice, amongst others, these are poems of formal skill, playfully pressing up against formal and aleatory constraints and re-making themselves anew. White Noise Machine is striking, profound and fresh as the cherry tree that “explodes in white noise every spring”.’
— Sarah Westcott, author of Bloom
‘Richard Skinner’s White Noise Machine is a glorious mix tape of a collection, bold and brilliant in its mash-ups of pop songs and poets as various as Muldoon and Yeats. But what is playful is also meaningful: Skinner is concerned with capturing these fragments of our language and culture, our natural landscape – in other words, the things we risk losing – and giving them back to us beautifully reformed.’
— Tamar Yoseloff
Copies of White Noise Machine are available from Salt here.