The Journey of a Basketball Player Turned Poet

A poem should not mean. But be. — Archibald MacLeish

~~~~ Inspiration of the Day: “I started writing this terrible, I call it an awesomely bad, novel. I was going out with this French woman and I told her about it. I told her ‘This book is just juvenile. I don’t know how to do this.’ She said, I have a friend of the family, a writer, and maybe he can help you with it. I agreed with that. So the next thing I know, I meet this little French guy with the glasses. He says to me, ‘I don’t want to read your manuscript, but from what you’ve been telling me, it seems to me you need to get control over the language. So it might be good for you to read poets. Read poets and try to get control over the language.’ That person, I didn’t know who he was at the time, turned out to be Jean Paul Sartre.” Basketball player turned renowned poet, Quincy Troupe, eloquently describes his one-of-a-kind journey.

~~~~ Be The Change: Write about some moment that touched you. Try to find just the exactly right words to express it.

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