Having kids makes it hard on Eric and Temple to maintain their relationship. Marriage is work, and these guys have more than their fair share of difficulties. That’s what makes spring break so rewarding; beach adventures, renewed intimacy between long-time lovers, kite-flying, and family fun. Until the very worst happens. As a gay, interracial couple in the Deep South, how will Eric and Temple deal with a parent’s worst fear?
Tom has long inspired jealousy, but this time, he's gone too far. Aggravating the Lord and Lady of a small kingdom, Tom is in a bird cage, awaiting his execution. When the queen of the faeries lends him an unexpected hand, will he gain his freedom, or lose everything to save his honor?
Chase Miller loves winter and the snow, but finds life hard in his hometown. He’s been looking for a way to get out, or maybe, just maybe, a reason to stay. When a snow-covered, handsome guy ends up seeking refuge in Chase’s home during the storm, Chase can’t help but flirt. Because country boys know, where there’s a spark, there’s usually flame.
In his fifth collection of poems, David Wheatley twins his birthplace and his current home, Ireland and Scotland, to engage issues of globalism, identity, and language. He takes inspiration from the Russian Futurist poet Velimir Khlebnikov, self-nominated President of Planet Earth, who in a state of apocalyptic rapture envisioned a new world culture, its rise and its dramatic undoing.
In The President of Planet Earth Wheatley brings an experimental sensibility to bear on questions of land and territory, channelling the messianic aspirations of modernism into subversive comedy. We move between Pictish pre-history, the imaginary South American nation of 'Oblivia', and post-independence referendum Scotland.
Wheatley marries classical, Gaelic, Scots and continental traditions. He deploys several styles - prose poetry; concrete poetry; translations from Middle Irish, Latin and French; sestinas and sonnets in Scots - to heady effect. The President of Planet Earth refashions language and the world it shapes, devising a transformative poetics.