Quincy Troupe

(St. Louis, Missouri)

Quincy Troupe Poems

1. Poem for My Father 10/5/2015
2. Snow & Ice 10/28/2013
3. The Day Duke Raised: May 24th, 1974 12/1/2014
Best Poem of Quincy Troupe

The Day Duke Raised: May 24th, 1974

For Duke Ellington

that day began with a shower
of darkness, calling lightning rains
home to stone language
of thunderclaps, shattering, the high
blue, elegance, of space & time
where a broken-down, riderless, horse
with frayed wings
rode a sheer bone, sunbeam
road, down into the clouds

spoke wheels of lightning jagged
around the hours, & spun high up
above those clouds, duke wheeled
his chariot of piano keys
his spirit, now, levitated from flesh
& hovering over the music of most high
spoke to the silence
of a griot-shaman-man
who ...

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