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David Wheatley

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Books by this author: The President of Planet Earth
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  • David Wheatley was born in Dublin in 1970 and lives in rural Aberdeenshire. His previous collections, published by Gallery Press, are Thirst (1997; Rooney Prize for Irish Literature), Misery Hill (2000), Mocker (2006) and A Nest on the Waves (2010). A prolific critic, he has edited the Poems of James Clarence Mangan for Gallery Press (2003) and the Selected Poems of Samuel Beckett for Faber & Faber (2009). His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry, and has been awarded a variety of prizes, including the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and first prize in the Friends Provident National Poetry Competition. He has been praised by the TLS as numbering among ‘our finest poets’, and by Poetry London for his ‘sardonic and devastating wit’.
    'Learned by never dry, always witty and surprising, Wheatley scampers through the arts, music, painting and history in this big bazaar of a book'
    Claire Crowther, Poetry London
    'These are poems unable to live off a single set of roots; they continually open up to new ways of scrutinising an environment of which we are both analysts and integral parts.'
    TLS
     'Fluent, smart, slightly arch, good company.'
    Irish Times
     'Gracefully meditative...a Chatterton-esque literary discovery of old, albeit with references to Bob Geldof and Alka-Seltzer.'
    Literary Review
     'This is a book I've been looking forward to for a long time, and it does not disappoint. Wheatley is one of our most original poet-critics, and the serious range of his enthusiasms is evident in the many forms, voices, histories and horizons here, from Lucretian couplets and Irish lament to the tragi-comic decadence of Baudelaire and the witty 'avant-gardening' of Scottish artist Ian Hamilton Finlay. Like an 'idling docker's flourish on the spoons', Wheatley makes music from the throwaway moment, and in this big, rich, satirical, lyrical volume draws it all into a virtuoso performance.'
    Jeremy Noel-Tod
       'Wheatley's is poetry of displacement, uncertainty and sheer possibility.'
    Guardian
    Awards won by David Wheatley Short-listed, 2018 Irish Times Poetry Now Award (The President of Planet Earth)
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