Winner of three American Book Awards, most recently the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, Quincy Troupe is the author of eight volumes of poetry and two best-selling books about jazz legend Miles Davis, Miles: The Autobiography (coauthor) and Miles and Me. Troupe has been featured in the PBS poetry series The United States of Poetry and Bill Moyers's The Power of the Word. A native of St. Louis, he now divides his time between New York and a countryside village in Guadeloupe.
Coined with the French word errance (“wandering”) in mind, these poems rove from ancient Yoruba to the streets of Harlem to the tropical heat of Guadeloupe and emerge with a new vocabulary for the transformations of the physical, philosophical, and musical worlds. Known for his long, lyrical narrative poems and invocation of the oral tradition, Troupe captures the histories and deaths of Michael Jackson and Miles Davis, celebrating both their accomplishments and contradictions. This collection embraces the improvisation of a soul as it offers a paean to the possibilities of poetry.
“Troupe is an innovator of form and tone who shifts quickly from a lofty, elegiac mode into burlesque or smoky, jazzed-down pop phraseology.”
“Troupe’s poems are exuberant and passionate outpourings with driving, syncopated rhythms and improvisatory riffs of colorful language.”
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