Ghost Voices

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December 2018
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Ghost Voices

A Poem in Prayer
Quincy Troupe

If we were all brave enough to resurrect the voices lost from our humanity, what would they say? Award-winning poet Quincy Troupe, spokesman for the humanizing forces of poetry, music, and art, parts the Atlantic and rattles the ground built on slavery with Ghost Voices: A Poem in Prayer.

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.
About the Author

QUINCY TROUPE is the author of nine volumes of poetry, three children's books, and the author, coauthor, or editor of six nonfiction works. He collaborated with Miles Davis on his autobiography and with Chris Gardner on The Pursuit of Happyness, which spent more than forty weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and was made into a major motion picture starring Will Smith. Troupe has also written a screenplay for Miles and Me, the memoir of his friendship with Miles Davis. Poetry collections include Transcircularities: New and Selected Poems, winner of the 2003 Milt Kessler Poetry Award and selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the ten best books of poetry in 2002; The Architecture of Language, winner of the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement; and Errançities, published in 2012.

"Ghost Voices: A Poem in Prayer by 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