Quincy Troupe: The Architecture of Language

Quincy Troupe crafts poetry of significant, contemporary magnitude in his new collection, "The Architecture of Language," shining a radiant light on the American language. Listen to Troupe's poems on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 N. Dale St.

The Architecture of Language demonstrates how the history of the diverse cultures that shaped our country can be found in the works that leap from our tongues. Inspired by contemporary art, music, literature, politics, sports, and the peaceful yet vibrant allure of the Caribbean, "The Architecture of Language" exposes and dismantles the clichéd, wooden rhetoric saturating our national discourse and reconstructs the conversation in poems bursting with beauty, rhythm and energy.

A St. Louis native featured in two PBS poetry series, Troupe is the author of seven volumes of poetry including "Transcircularities," a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a selection in the Minnesota-based Talking Volumes Book Club. 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 divides his time between New York and a countryside village in Guadeloupe.

This program is sponsored by The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, with support from the Givens Foundation for African American Literature and Coffee House Press. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, visit The Friends at www.thefriends.org or call 222-3242.

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