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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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This, the definitive collection of Meredith's life work, contains poems chosen by Meredith from Love Letter from an Impossible Land, Ships and Other Figures, the Open Sea, and etc. Several new poems are included.

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Winner of the 1997 National Book Award for Poetry

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.

Table of Contents

Foreword

From Love Letter from an Impossible Land (1944)

A Kodiak Poem

In Memoriam Stratton Christensen

Navy Field

Myself, Rousseau, and a Few Others

A Metaphysical Sonnet

Winter Song

Quartet in F Major

Notes for an Elegy

June: Dutch Harbor

For Air Heroes

Airman's Virtue

Ten-Day Leave

From Ships and Other Figures (1948)

Envoi

Carrier

Transport

Battlewagon

'Do Not Embrace Your Mind's New Negro Friend'

A Birthday Exercise

Perhaps the Best Time

In a Copy of Yeats' Poems

From The Open Sea and Other Poems (1958)

A Major Work

In Memory of Donald A. Stauffer

The Open Sea

Sonnet on Rare Animals

Notre Dame de Cartres

Starlight

On Falling Asleep by Firelight

The Illiterate

Sunrise with Crows

A View of the Brooklyn Bridge

Godchildren

Miniature

An Account of a Visit to Hawaii

The Fishvendor

Original Aversions

The Fear of Beasts

The Chinese Banyan

Bachelor

Homage to a Rake-Hell

Two Japanese Poems

Pastoral

Thoughts on One's Head (IN PLASTER, WITH A BRONZE WASH)

Rus in Urbe

Letter from Mexico (VERA CRUZ, 10 FEBRUARY, 186-)

A Korean Woman Seated by a Wall

From The Wreck of the Thresher (1963)

The Wrech of the Thresher (LOST AT SEA, APRIL 10, 1963)

Orpheus

On Falling Asleep to Birdsong

For His Father

Roots

An Old Field Mowed for Appearances' Sake

An Assent to Wildflowers

For Guillaume Apollinaire

Five Poems of Guillaume Apollinaire (TRANSLATIONS)

Fables about Error

The Couple Overhead

The Ballet

Five Accounts of a Monogamous Man

About Poetry

The Preponderance

An Old Photograph of Strangers 

Consequences

From Earth Walk: New and Selected Poems (1970)

Winter Verse for His Sister

Waking Dream about a Lost Child

Fledglings

Walter Jenks' Bath

Poem about Morning

Effort at Speech

Hydraulics

About Opera

Dalhousie Farm

Whorls

In Memory of Robert Frost

Earth Walk

Last Things

From Hazard, the Painter (1975)

Hazard Faces a Sunday in the Decline

Hazard's Optimism

Music

Wholesome

Plitics

Where He's Staying Now

Squire Hazard Walks

Look at Me! Look at Me!

His Plans for Old Age

At the Natural History Museum

Rhode Island

The Ghosts of the House

Nausea

Nixon's the One

February 14

Winter: He Shapes Up

From The Cheer (1980)

The cheer

Winter on the River

Two Masks Unearthed in Bulgaria

Freezing

Recollection of Bellagio

Country Stars

Homage to Paul Mellon, I. M. Pei, Their Gallery, and Washington City

On Jenkins' Hill

A Firescreen at Mount Vernon

A Mild-Spoken Citizen Finally Writes to the White House

Accidents of Birth

At the Confluence of the Colorado and the Little Colorado

Poem

The Seasons' Difference

For Two Lovers in the Year 2075 in the Canadian Woods

Memoirs

Give and Take

Parents

My Mother's Life

Ideogram

Grievances

Here and There

Remembering Robert Lowell

Dreams of Suicide

In Loving Memory of the Late Author of Dream Songs

John and Anne

Dying Away

The Revenant

Crossing Over

Not Both

REM Sleep

Of Kindness

Examples of Created Systems

From Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems (1987)

The American Living Room: A Tract

The Jain Bird Hospital in Delhi

The Three Sorts of Violence

Among Ourselves

In the Rif Mountains

Tree Marriage

Talking Back (To W. H. Auden)

A Couple of Trees

What I Remember the Writers Telling Me When I Was Young

New Poems

Of Possessions, in Winter

His Students

At the Prado

Journal Entry (With the Udalls, June 1968)

Jouranl Entry (April 1969, Villa Serbelloni)

A Vision of Good Secrets

The Quarrel

'In the Middle of the Long Friendship'

Poem to Me

Housed (A Report on a Visiting Dog)

English Accounts

Grace

A Note about the Author

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810150713
Author:
Meredith, William
Publisher:
Triquarterly Books
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
10
Publication Date:
19970531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
231
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , This, the definitive collection of Meredith's life work, contains poems chosen by Meredith from Love Letter from an Impossible Land, Ships and Other Figures, the Open Sea, and etc. Several new poems are included.
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