The Architecture of Language

Poetry by Quincy Troupe

October 1, 2006 • 6 x 9 • 110 pages • 978-1-56689-190-5

Full of rhythm and big-breath lines, Troupe’s poetry explodes from the page, capturing the spirit of America.

Inspired by contemporary art, music, literature, and sports, Troupe dismantles the dangerously clichéd, wooden rhetoric saturating our national discourse and rebuilds the language in poems bursting with beauty, energy, and enough imaginative fire to light the way to the future.

About the Author

Featured in two PBS poetry series, Quincy Troupe is the author of seven volumes of poetry including Transcircularities and most recently, Errançities. In addition to chronicling his friendship with Miles Davis in Miles and Me, Troupe has recently published children’s books on Magic Johnson and Stevie Wonder. He is also the winner of two American Book Awards, a Peabody Award, and the title of World Heavyweight Champion Poet. He divides his time between New York and a countryside village in Guadeloupe.


“What is it poetry seeks? How does it feel to organize against the war in Iraq? What is the architecture of language? These are questions raised by Quincy Troupe in his latest collection of poetry . . . a wonderful energetic poetic take-it-to-the-hoop in Guadeloupe Quincy Troupe moment.” —Jayne Cortez