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Poetry From Paradise Valley

Pecan Grove Press has released an anthology of poems, a sampling of works published in Valparaiso Poetry Review during its first decade, from the original 1999-2000 volume to the 2009-2010 volume.

Poetry from Paradise Valley includes a stellar roster of 50 poets. Among the contributors are a former Poet Laureate of the United States, a winner of the Griffin International Prize, two Pulitzer Prize winners, two National Book Award winners, two National Book Critics Circle winners, six finalists for the National Book Award, four finalists for the National Book Critics Circle Award, two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize, and a few dozen recipients of other honors, such as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, etc.

Readers are encouraged to visit the Poetry from Paradise Valley page at the publisher's web site, where ordering information about the book can be found.

Best Books of Indiana 2011: Finalist. Judges' Citation: "Poetry from Paradise Valley is an excellent anthology that features world-class poetry, including the work of many artists from the Midwest, such as Jared Carter, Annie Finch, David Baker, and Allison Joseph. It’s an eclectic and always interesting collection where poems on similar themes flow into each other. It showcases the highest caliber of U. S. poetry."
—Indiana Center for the Book, Indiana State Library

Thursday, May 31, 2007

William Meredith: "Rhode Island"

Today comes the sad news from Connecticut College that William Meredith has died at the age of 88. Meredith, a professor emeritus from that institution, had written 11 books of poetry, most notably Partial Accounts: New and Selected Poems (1987), which won the Pulitzer Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and Effort at Speech: New and Selected Poems (1997), which received the National Book Award.

Meredith had suffered a stroke in 1983 that limited his speech and hindered his ability to write. He began to suffer from expressive aphasia, an inability to express oneself at will. Michael Collier explained in his foreword to Effort at Speech: New and Selected Poems: “Trapped, as it were, inside his body, which has profoundly betrayed him, for the past decade and a half Meredith has remained occupied with the poet’s struggle—the struggle to speak.”

A more complete obituary appears at the Connecticut College news web site. Perhaps this would be a perfect time to remember William Meredith by listening to an Academy of American Poets recording of him reading a poem, “Rhode Island,” at the Guggenheim Museum on October 26, 1975.

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