Avalanche

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Poetry. "Troupe has that rare gift, the ability to transfer his sound to the page.. The typical Troupe poem comes at the reader like a locomotive on fire, full of blazing and powerful imagery" -Ishmael Reed, The San Diego Reader.

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Overview

Poetry. "Troupe has that rare gift, the ability to transfer his sound to the page.. The typical Troupe poem comes at the reader like a locomotive on fire, full of blazing and powerful imagery" -Ishmael Reed, The San Diego Reader.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Troupe heaves a cold, smacking "rush of objects" down an American mountainside of dreams and injustices. A respected chronicler of the lives of James Baldwin and Miles Davis and the son of a prominent Negro league catcher, Troupe (Snake-Back Solos) is an innovator of form and tone who shifts quickly from a lofty, elegiac mode into burlesque or smoky, jazzed-down pop phraseology. He plays on history, "riffin' on in full of rain & pain/ spacin' on in on a sound/ like coltrane." But Troupe also registers history's price, as in repeated images of an old manboth perpetrator and victim"holding his age tight as two opaque roses/ in cataracted eyes." Troupe is still at his best when he indulges in deep, obsessive curves into music: "caaa-rack// the assonance of sound breaking from ground/ breaking away from itself & found in the bounding syllables of snow/ moving now." He writes with unchecked expression, redundant and inclusive. If it were any more laden, Avalanche would be inchoate. Any less would be our loss. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566890458
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Featured on two PBS poetry series, Troupe is the author of seven volumes of poetry including Transcircularities, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and Minnesotabased Talking Volumes bookclub selection. In addition to children's books on Magic Johnson and Stevie Wonder, Troupe chronicled his friendship with Miles Davis in Miles and Me, soon to be a feature film.

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Table of Contents

The Sound, Breaking Away 15
Embryo #2 21
Old Black Ladies Standing on Bus Stop Corners #2 25
Snake-Back Solo #2 28
Watch Out for Sound Bites & Spin Doctors 31
A Response to All You "Angry White Males" 32
Eye Change Dreams 35
Slippin' & Slidin' Over Syllables for Fun 38
A Poem for "Magic" 40
& Syllables Grow Wings There 43
Looking at Both Sides of a Question 44
One for Charlie Mingus 46
Reflections 47
Collage 51
Avalanche 54
Poem for Friends 61
"Minnesota Nice" 67
Let's Say You Are Who 68
The Old People Speak of Death 71
Conjuring Against Alien Spirits 74
The Absoluteness of Seconds 77
For Malcolm, Who Walks in the Eyes of Our Children 78
Poem for My Father 80
Male Springtime Ritual 83
Poem in Search of a Common Genetic 86
Untitled 101
1994 Winter Olympic Hype 102
Firestorm 103
Still Life in a Doorway in Seattle 104
Chuckanut Drive, South of Bellingham, Washington 105
San Juan Island Image 106
Taos, New Mexico, Image & Myth 107
Back to the Dream Time 108
At the Edge 110
La Jolla 113
The Flip Side of Time 114
Flight 116
Stillness 117
Birth Form: Tercetina 119
The View from Skates in Berkeley 120
This One's for You, Jose 125
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