Effort at Speech

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Effort at Speech

New and Selected Poems

By William Meredith

Triquarterly Books, Paperback, 9780810150713, 231pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1997

Winner, 1997 National Book Award for Poetry
A contemporary of Berryman, Bishop, and Lowell, William Meredith shared neither the bohemian excesses of the Beats nor the exhibitionist excesses of the "confessional" poets. Rather, he was known as a poet whose unadorned, formal verse marked him as a singular voice. "Effort at Speech, "the definitive collection of Meredith's life work, contains poems chosen by the author from throughout his career, as well as several new works and an essay by Michael Collier placing Meredith in his times.