A Poem in Prayer
by Quincy Troupe
Pub Date 15 Dec 2018
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we are crossing, / we are / crossing, / we are crossing in big salt water, // we are crossing, // crossing under a sky of no guilt / we have left home // though we know we will go back / someday, / see our people / as we knew them . . .
Troupe re-creates the history of lost voices between the waters of Africa, Cuba, and the United States. His daring poetics drenched in new forms-notably the seven-elevens-clench transformative narratives spurred on by a relentless, rhythmic language that mimics the foaming waves of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. His personae speak quantum litanies within one epic, sermonic-gospel to articulate our most ancient ways of storytelling and survival.
"Ghost Voices: A Poem in Prayerby master poet Quincy Troupe is 'a journey of miracles.' To read it is to traverse a zig-zagging, profoundly moving Middle Passage that moves through time and geography to find a new home in a 'new born America.' Troupe elegantly and powerfully dances myth, history, religion and music to gather us up with him in his prayer of reconciliation. Ghost Voices, with its haunting rhythms and imagery, is extraordinary and worthy of deep attention." --Angela Jackson