New Day Jazz

Justin Desmangles

This week, on the 5 o'clock hour, poet, essayist, editor, Quincy Troupe. We will be discussing his most recent collection, Errancities, as well as his new recording, SOUNDART a new tongue.


Many of the poems in Errançities had their origins in my visits to the beautiful French-speaking island of Guadeloupe. “Errance” is a French word meaning to “to wander,” or a “roving, wandering life,” also, “a risky, edgy, wandering life.” The title poem, “Errançities,” exemplifies all these concepts for me, as do other poems in the collection. I first discovered the word while reading the poems of Edouard Glissant, the late, distinguished poet, philosopher, novelist, and critical thinker from Martinique. I fell in love with the word and its meaning, and it seemed to apply to my life and the poems I was writing at the time—poems about different places I was visiting in the world.

But, and although I love the word “errance” and what it means, I felt it wasn’t exactly what I needed. So I coined the neologism errançities, an expression I felt more at home with, especially in the way the new word sounded, rolled off my tongue, and because it contains the word “cities” in it. In my mind I think of the word as a noun, because it identifies people, animals, places or things, even abstract concepts.

The rhythm and tone of errançities was also closer to another neologism of mine, Trancircularities, which was the title of my seventh book of poems, published by Coffee House in 2002. Also, in my mind, errançities means plural wanderings of many lives, rather than one life. Thus, Errançities is the title of this new book of poems: I hope you enjoy some of them.

—Quincy Troupe, January 19th, 2012, New York City


photo of Quincy Troupe by Chris Felver


Classical, Jazz, Blues, Experimental, Poetry & Literature

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Bud Powell Shaw 'Nuff 1960 Essen, Grugahalle WDR
Woody Herman Four Brothers Woody Herman & His Orchestra Columbia
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Hank Mobley Uh Huh Workout Blue Note
Big Joe Turner Shake, Rattle & Roll The Boss Of The Blues Columbia
Lonnie Young Jim & John Southern Folk Heritage Series: Sounds Of The South Atlantic
Alec Askew Emmaline, Take Your Time The Land Where the Blues Began Alan Lomax Collection
Miles & Bob Pratcher Buttermilk I'm Gonna Live Till I Die Anyhow Field Recordings of Alan Lomax
Bo Diddley Mumblin' Guitar Have Guitar Will Travel Chess
Ray Charles Movin' On Hallelujah, I Love Her So! Atlantic
Howlin' Wolf Going Down Slow Howlin' Wolf Chess
Erroll Garner Stairway To The Stars Portrait Documents (Japan)
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Earl Hines Piano Man Earl Hines & His Orchestra RCA
Maynard Ferguson featuring Hank Jones That Jones Boy Birdland Dream Band Fresh Sound (Spain)
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