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Duende by Quincy Troupe
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Jan 25, 2022 | ISBN 9781644210451

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“Quincy Troupe is a hoodoo soothsayer of poetry whose iconic riffs peal across each page as they peel back layers of America’s history.  Reader—open this hefty Duende potion of Jazz and sweat with caution, ’cause the swagger of each line might just drown you to save your life.” 
Tyehimba Jess, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olio

“In this career-spanning collection, you don’t just read Quincy Troupe’s poetry: You are lifted by his word. You ride syllables and sound and glory. You grasp articulated root-working, know that you are traveling with mastery, the ‘tongue’s edge, high-strung, at edge of the cliff.’ That’s right. You understand there is no end to this man’s brilliance.”
Honoree Fanonne Jeffers, author of The Love Songs of W. E. B. Du Bois

“Hallelujah! There’s a hot new book from the peerless Quincy Troupe. Beyond his masterwork, Pursuit of Happyness, and his classic memoir on Miles Davis, Troupe has been celebrated for decades as a poet whose range enlarges the heart. Duende is this year’s comprehensive, must-read collection. Don’t miss the party.”
Mary Karr, author of The Liar’s Club and Tropic of Squalor

“Quincy Troupe’s Duende is a ‘must have’ collection of this poetry icon’s lifetime’s output of poetic truth telling, spell casting, melodic improvising, record keeping, tonal shape shifting, and spirit reckoning. And much more.” 
Michael Lally, author of Another Way to Play: Poems 1960-2017

“Back when Quincy and I taught poetry writing in prisons on Riker’s Island, he was already not ‘first person I’ but ’eye’ as he appears here in Duende, in these blazing, unshackled, resounding poems. In other words, ego is checked by all that is beheld, all that the eye sees, condemns and celebrates in nonstop enumeration. This is pure imaginative freedom, this is poetry that can never be locked up or denied — it is music made by the eye and heart.”
Carol Muske-Dukes, author of Blue Rose

Duende is an exuberant, full scale, magical tour through a life well-lived! Quincy’s mesmerizing rhythms and dazzling images nourish heart, mind and soul! I love this book!” 
Marilyn Chin, author of A Portrait of the Self as Nation: New and Selected Poems

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