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“Poetry Salon” with Claire Keyes on Quincy Troupe

February 16 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

On Sunday, February 16th the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will consider the eco-poems of Quincy Troupe.


Born in 1939 in St. Louis, Missouri, Troupe is the son of a baseball player in the Negro baseball leagues. He has been inspired by Miles Davis since he first heard his music as a teenager in St. Louis. In an interview with Douglas Turner, Troupe admitted: “Miles set me on a path to writing and using my imagination and being creative… Because I heard that music, he propelled me into this thing that I do now.”



Troupe’s energetic, highly syncopated poetry “melds contemporary music rhythms–such as rap, jazz, and be-bop–to a furious rush of images, sometimes jarring, arising from personal experience,” according to a review in the Los Angeles Times. He has published numerous books of poems, including Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems (2002); The Architecture of Language (2007), which won the Paterson Award for Sustained Achievement; Errançities (2011); and Seduction (2019). Troupe’s most popular nonfiction works have to do with Miles Davis. His collaboration with Davis, on the book Miles: The Autobiography (1989), won the American Book Award. While not known primarily as an eco-poet, he has composed striking poems about the dangers to the environment. Please join Claire Keyes from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 16th for a lively discussion of Troupe’s contribution to the genre of eco-poetry. The Salon is free and open to the public.


February 16
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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235 Pleasant Street
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