William Morris Meredith Jr.

(January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007 / New York City)


  • ''Oh, there are people, all right, settled in the sea;
    It is as populous as Maine today,
    But no one who will give you the time of day.''
    William Meredith (b. 1919), U.S. poet. The Open Sea (l. 4-6). . . Moods of the Sea; Masterworks of Sea Poetry. George C. Solley and Eric Steinbaugh, comps. (1981) Naval Institute Press.
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Rhode Island

Here at the seashore they use the clouds over & over
again, like the rented animals in Aïda.
In the late morning the land breeze
turns and now the extras are driving
all the white elephants the other way.
What language are the children shouting in?
He is lying on the beach listening.

The sand knocks like glass, struck by bare heels.

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