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“Revisiting the Revolution”: Review of David Wheatley’s The President of Planet Earth

In the Summer 2018 issue of Poetry London, Claire Crowther writes:

Irish poet, academic and critic, [David] Wheatley is firstly a satirist. A previous collection was titled Mocker and there, as well as here, the narrating persona debunks himself along with the world. … Learned but never dry, always witty and surprising, Wheatley scampers through the arts, music, painting and history in this big bazaar of a book but scatters bitterness along the way.

She goes on to describe the “variousness” of these poems’ “humour and forms,” and comments on Wheatley’s long-time fascination with birds, which turn up again and again in The President of Planet Earth. Using the poem “Tunnels Through the Head” as an example of a poem in which “birds … fly in and out almost unnoticed,” Crowther says that these birds remind the reader that, “given the pigeon is dead, even a satirist poet needs to sing occasionally. Wheatley does, like a nightingale, but is a great poet because of his raven tendencies.”

Read the full review in the Summer 2018: Issue 90 of Poetry London.

The President of Planet Earth was published in December 2017. Read more about David Wheatley on his author page.

The President of Planet Earth by David Wheatley
David Wheatley, poet

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