Effort at Speech
New and Selected Poems
By William Meredith
(Triquarterly Books, Paperback, 9780810150713, 231pp.)
Publication Date: May 1997
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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.