January/February 1989

Poet and essayist Quincy Troupe, a self-proclaimed iconoclast, thinks poetry "can be exciting, can be powerful," though the interests of professional writers threaten to trap poetry in a dead end.


A Profile of Quincy Troupe

by Christine Cassidy
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"Poetry is boring because it's controlled by boring people." So says Quincy Troupe—poet, teacher, editor, and self-proclaimed iconoclast.

Report From Calcutta

by Carolyne Wright
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The literary life in Calcutta, India, from local book stalls to an increasingly international book fair.

The National Poetry Series: Ten Years and Fifty Books Strong

by Will Nixon
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Is the series a success, or is it facing midlife blues?

News and Trends

Book Show Airs on Public Radio Waves

by Caroline Bock
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The Public Radio Book Show out of Albany, New York, features interviews with literary heavyweights and lesser-known writers.

Streetfare Journal Rides Public Transit

by David Sacks
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Poet George Evans and AMNI America team up to post art and poetry in buses in fourteen U.S. cities.