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Effort at Speech

New and Selected Poems

William Meredith


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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.

Praise For Effort at Speech: New and Selected Poems

"For the past 45 years [Meredith] has looked generously and hard at our common human world. . . . William Meredith's work suggests that we can recognize the hardest truths about ourselves and still live in the world." --<i>New York Times Book Review</i>

"When you finish this book by Meredith, you have a strong sense of the man who wrote it, of a life well-lived." --<i>Poetry</i>

Triquarterly, 9780810150713, 231pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 1997

About the Author

William Morris Meredith, Jr. (January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007) was an American poet and educator. He was Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1978 to 1980.