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Book of the Week – Afriku: A book of haiku and senryu by Ghanaian poet Adjei Agyei-Baah

The poems in this book of haiku and senryu are in English and Twi. Be sure to check out Adjei’s Poet Profile in the Haiku Registry. An excerpt – “Adjei is the inventor and champion of Afriku – an avant-garde haiku type that focuses on the unique images and settings of Africa. Adjei has been mentoring young African poets with an interest in haiku with his African partner and brother, Emmanuel Jessie Kalusian.”

morning dew —
perhaps heaven weeps
for mankind

anɔpa bosuo —
sɛsɛɛ ɔsoro su gu
adasa so

full moon —
the scarecrow watches
its own shadow

osram a apue
afuom kaakaamotobi a
ɔrebɔ ne sunsum ho ban

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library and please share your favorite poem from the book with us.

Do you have a chapbook published in 2018 or earlier that you would like featured as a Book of the Week? Contact us for details. Haiku featured in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by THF Digital Librarian Dan Campbell and are used with permission.

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  1. There are excellent poems in this book especially with the local touch. I had lived in Kenya for three years. It brought memories back although Ghana and Kenya are at two different coasts.

  2. Thank you THF for introducing this author to us. This is why I subscribe. Enjoyed reading this collection of Afriku by Adjei and learning about (to me) a new season: The Harmattan which dances through his book. I especially appreciated:

    deserted shore
    the wind sharpens its voice
    over a conch

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