The most playful, complex and witty Scottish poet of his generation, and arguably the most influential poetry figure in the UK of any poet under the age of 55 - as a mentor, tutor, teacher, editor, anthologist, polemicist, performer, and poet - Roddy Lumsden has died. A figure of seriousness and pop lightness (he loved music), his obsessive focus on language and formal invention made him a master of the contemporary British poem. A winner of numerous prizes and nominations, and published mainly by Bloodaxe, he yet somehow avoided ever becoming quite part of the poetry establishment, though he was clearly the peer of any other poet or writer his age. A genius, and sometimes controversial, he openly dealt with various life challenges, but never seemed to lose his love of writing. He deserves to be remembered as a great literary figure.