Effort at Speech by William Meredith
New and Selected Poems

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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.

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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.
Published May 1, 1997 by Triquarterly. 231 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This trove of old and new Meredith is a medic's kit for the tired at heart. The earlier poems--starting with selections from Love Letter from an Impossible Land, his 1944 first book that took the Yale

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