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For the most part, I’m a pretty fearless reader. I’m open to all kinds of genres.

But when it comes to poetry, I’m a total ‘fraidy cat.

Oh, sure, as a child I loved the playful poems of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. And once I became an adult, I embraced the poetry of Dorothy Parker, Maya Angelou, and Sylvia Plath. I also fully realize the lyrics of my favorite songs are poetry.

But unfortunately I ignore poetry when it comes to reading.  I’m too intimidated, thinking I won’t get it or the poems will go over my head.

Well, no more. It’s time to stop being a baby and start reading poetry. And I am happy I did because poetry has opened a new world to me thanks to Quincy’s book Seduction: New Poems, 2013-2018.

Mr. Troupe has written nine books of poetry and he’s also an author and screenwriter.

Seduction is a slim volume divided into three parts consisting of poems that speak of topics like race, love, sex, culture, black icons, societal issues, and the human condition as whole.

Some of Troupe’s poems are short, several are quite lengthy, almost like short stories. Some of these longer poems are broken into chapters, which is something I had never seen until I read Troupe’s work.

As for his shorter poems? Well, Troupe’s poetry convey more than 500 page novels.

Troupe is both a challenging and visionary writer, with a game changing use of the English language. One way Troupe does this is replacing “I” with “Eye. ” He also has creative and descriptive style of writing. I could actually visualize his poems in my mind’s eye.

I’m thrilled I chose to read Troupe’s book Seduction. It has definitely lessened my fear of poetry and has seduced me to read more.

 

 

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