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The President of Planet Earth
The President of Planet Earth

The President of Planet Earth


176 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $15.95 (US $15.95) (CA $20.95)

Publication Date: December 2017

ISBN 9781930630833

Rights: US & CA

Wake Forest University Press (Dec 2017)

Price: $15.95


In a state of apocalyptic rapture, Russian futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov pronounced himself the "president of planet earth." In this, David Wheatley's fifth collection but the first to be published in North America, he brings an experimental sensibility to bear on questions of land and territory, channelling the messianic ambitions of modernism into rich and subversive comedy. Long sequences explore the other country that is childhood, Khlebnikov's Russia, and the Scottish landscapes where the poet now makes his home. History, translation, and animal life are constant presences. The President of Planet Earth aspires to a transformative poetics, refashioning language and the world it helps us shape.

Author Biography

David Wheatley was born in Dublin in 1970. He has published four poetry collections with The Gallery Press in Ireland: Thirst (1997, Rooney Prize for Irish Literature), Misery Hill (200), Mocker (2006), and A Nest on the Waves (2010). He was a co-founder and editor of the journal Metre. He is also well-known as a critic and editor, having edited various anthologies including The Wake Forest Series of Irish Poetry, Vol. IV (2017) and I am the Crocus, an anthology of children's poetry (1998). His literary reviews, articles, and poetry have appeared in the Irish Times, the Guardian, the London Review of Books, The Southern Review, and Poetry, among others. He has taught at several major universities in Ireland, and currently teaches at the University of Aberdeen.