He is a devotee of the Japanese poetry form haiku, and presently championing a new haiku breed dubbed “Afriku” which focus on the African setting and draw on extensively on African images and symbols. He was motivated to explore haiku three years ago by the works of his fellow African poets like Nana Fredua-Agyemang (Ghana), and Prince K. Mensah (Ghana) and Emmanuel-Abdalmasih Samson (Nigeria) and after pursued works of the haiku masters like Basho, Buson, Shiki, Issa etc for enlightenment and direction. Adjei has one poetry (Embers of Fireflies) and two haiku collections awaiting publication.
He has written and published in international journals and e-zines such as Shamrock, Frogpong, World Haiku Review and The Heron’s Nest.
Here are his haiku submissions for last week's prompts:
the rain and his so-called bowl
little kids argued all day
|Credits: The Boti Falls (Ghana) | © Sarah Benke|
on a mountain wall-
in my hat's shadow
inside his paper boat
the weight of water
© Adjei Agyei Baah
A great series of haiku (or afriku) I think and I am glad that I have the opportunity to share them here with you.
I have chosen to respond on Adjei's haiku about "waterfall" with a haiku which I once wrote in the classical way several years ago, so this one is from my archives.
the sound of a waterfall
makes me happy
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until July 16th at noon (CET). I will (try to) publish our next episode, a new Tokubetsudesu episode, later on. For now ... enjoy the read and be inspired.