By David Wheatley

ISBN-10: 1852355859

ISBN-13: 9781852355852

Writing in Poetry evaluate Roddy Lumsden chanced on reason to compliment David Wheatley’s ‘wilfully striking shape and rampaging vocabulary’, whereas within the TLS Peter examining recommended his technical assets as ‘an unobtrusive excitement to read’. A Nest at the Waves, taking its name from the people trust that petrels lay their eggs at sea, ruminates on subject matters of trip, leave-taking and displacement. From his local County Wicklow when it comes to East Yorkshire the place he lives, the poems hint an arc of tours, genuine or imagined, to Australia, Africa and Antarctica. Migrant employees, migrating birds and nomadic tribes enact anything of the drama of the place domestic could be. From shamanism to the lives of saints, responses to the Donegal gaeltacht and homages to musical heroes (Brad Mehldau, Ali Farka Touré), David Wheatley’s curious, wide-ranging and now usually open-ended verse supplies grounds for Maria Johnston’s commentary within the Dublin assessment of Books that ‘the feel of danger in Wheatley’s paintings turns out limitless’.

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Kwangju, 1980 It's the same to be in the house, at the shelter or anywhere. There is no safe place. When we have no electricity, we are sitting in the dark and we know what life looked like before Christ. Sarajevo, 1992 43 424 The central organizing myth of comprehensive knowledge Bent as light might bend The openings in the human body The age that one is I will be my mother's age also Color of robin's egg against spring grass 44 425 515 This page intentionally left blank 425 Any killing Future passive Campaign Compound of, here Take away Think proper After siege, used to dwell Account of hard Work, house with child, fear Of marketplace, struck Being made Is 47 426 jiph-jiph-jiph Swallow Swallow Bird This is the gullet Helmets make cooking pots Tin cans make roofs [sparrow, crow] Not much left Not much left 48 502 To bring to a close What is to do What is to happen 49 VOCALISE "We found one girl about 12 or 13 years old standing in front of the hospital.

In this South Cholla Province where all vehicles had been confiscated, we resorted to walking, the method of travel of the Yi Dynasty. We reverted back 300 years. Kwangju, 1980 It's the same to be in the house, at the shelter or anywhere. There is no safe place. When we have no electricity, we are sitting in the dark and we know what life looked like before Christ. Sarajevo, 1992 43 424 The central organizing myth of comprehensive knowledge Bent as light might bend The openings in the human body The age that one is I will be my mother's age also Color of robin's egg against spring grass 44 425 515 This page intentionally left blank 425 Any killing Future passive Campaign Compound of, here Take away Think proper After siege, used to dwell Account of hard Work, house with child, fear Of marketplace, struck Being made Is 47 426 jiph-jiph-jiph Swallow Swallow Bird This is the gullet Helmets make cooking pots Tin cans make roofs [sparrow, crow] Not much left Not much left 48 502 To bring to a close What is to do What is to happen 49 VOCALISE "We found one girl about 12 or 13 years old standing in front of the hospital.

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