October 26, 2002
Re "State Poet Overstated His Case," Oct. 19: The recent resignation of the sublime poet Quincy Troupe begs the question: Why does society put so much emphasis on college degrees? I am tired of fly-by-night college programs. The proliferation of programs on commuter campuses are for job promotions, the quality uneven. It's sad that Troupe felt compelled to claim on paper he'd graduated from Grambling University. He's a poet, a distinction attained by few. Let this be enough for him; his work stands above the paltry piece of paper that says "baccalaureate."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 2002 |
Quincy T. Troupe, California's first formally selected poet laureate, resigned Friday after acknowledging he had taken a bit of poetic license on his professional resume. Troupe, 62, who teaches at UC San Diego and is widely known for his dramatic readings, attended Grambling University, but did not -- as his curriculum vitae said -- earn a degree there. Troupe's resignation was a blush-inducer for Gov. Gray Davis, who picked him from among three formidable finalists in June.
October 5, 2002 |
If you're a poet, you're supposed to choose words carefully. And if you were Quincy Troupe on Friday morning, you were choosing really carefully. Troupe, a 62-year-old UC San Diego professor who was named California's poet laureate in June, stood at a lectern at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel downtown, facing a crowd of diplomats and cultural officials from 39 countries.
June 14, 2002 |
Speaking by phone to poet Quincy Troupe, not quite 24 hours after his accession to poet laureate status, is almost like listening not to the man, but to a syncopated sample of his voice. Call waiting interrupts his momentum so frequently that his voice begins to take on a rhythmic texture--the stutter step of ska, with maybe an echo of dance hall reggae or garden variety rap. Oddly like his poetry itself. " ... That was my agent. Sandra Dijkstra.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2002 |
The Capitol was absorbed as usual Tuesday with the grueling work of passing a state budget. But in a conference room just off the governor's office, the talk was of poetry--its beauty, its potential, its relevance in our modern, materialistic world. The man doing the talking was Quincy T. Troupe, California's first formally selected poet laureate. After a panel of literary experts thinned the group of 50 contenders to three, Gov. Gray Davis decided that Troupe was the bard for the job.
April 14, 1996
a blackboard in my mind holds words eye dream-- & blessed are the words that fly like birds into poetry-- & syllables attach wings to breath & fly away there through music, my language springing round from where a bright polished sound, burnished as a new copper penny shines in the air like the quick, jabbing glint of a trumpet lick flicking images through voices there pulsating like strobe lights the partying dark understands, as heartbeats pumping rhythms hip- hopping through footsteps,