Pub Date 15 Dec 2018
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time is a bald eagle, a killer soaring high in the blue, / music to men
dodging bullets in speeding cars, / knew death, hoped it'd never come . . .
In this collection we are seduced by Troupe's opus. This is the poet's art laid bare. He is our "Eye." Visions of the transatlantic slave trade, portraits of American violence, pop culture, and historical voices are the lyrical relics in Troupe's masterful verse. One of American literature's most important rhythmical artists, Troupe has created a chronicle reaching through history for the collective "I/Eye" that is all of us.
"In Quincy Troupe’s new collection Seduction, we see the evolution of a man who has been steeped in and devoted to the cultural productions of black artistic life for over five decades. These poems carry with them a sincerity and clarity always imbued in landscape and focused on the questions that shape an Africanist humanity. The poems found here are intrepid and made nuanced by a vision long fixated on liberation. Troupe’s poems are also a welcome reminder that the Black Arts Movement wasn’t simply a moment in time, but an unfolding that remains ever-present."—Matthew Shenoda, author of Tahrir Suite and coeditor of Bearden's Odyssey