Happy New Year to you all my lovely friends. I pray this year brings us all much joy and achievement. I am on leave but I shall be blogging every now and then.
Today, I’m posting well, a sort of review of AFRIKU, HAIKU AND SENRYU FROM GHANA. by Adjei Agyei Baah, a fellow Ghanaian and one of the first to write haiku, (long before me) in Ghana. He is the first to coin the term Afriku; haiku written to denote the peculiar culture and imagery of Africa.
Adjei’s is able to capture the depth and wealth of African sounds, sights, images and smells in simple and yet rich language. The added beauty of this debut jewel of a haiku and senryu collection is the translations from English into the local vernacular, Akan.
How excited l was yesterday as l delved into the book and feasted my eyes and senses.
Simply check these out:
perhaps heaven weeps
How very apt. How so profound.
the heart fall
of a mother
My heart did a flip when l read this. Motherhood, the joys and pain.
just a moment –
distant lightening connects
sky and earth.
The sheer brilliance, the beauty of such a phenomenon as l imagined it.
About the Author
Adjei Agyei-Baah is a founding partner of Poetry Foundation Ghana, a teacher, and lecturer for Serwaa Nyarko Girls Senior High School, Kumasi and Institute of Continuing and Distance Education, University of Ghana respectively. He is also the co-editor of Poetry Ink Journal, a yearly poetry anthology in Ghana. He is widely anthologized both home and abroad and among his outstanding works are the praise songs “Ashanti” and “Ghost on Guard” written for the King of Ashanti and the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana respectively.
Adjei is a devotee of the Japanese poetry form haiku and has written and published in e-zines and international journals such as Frogpond, World Haiku Review, The Heron’s Nest, Shamrock etc. and is one of the top winners of 3rd Japan–Russia Haiku Contest 2014, organized by Akita International University, Japan, making him the ultimate recipient of the Akita Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Award.
Adjei is a co-founder of Africa Haiku Network, and co-launched ‘The Mamba’, Africa’s first international haiku journal.
Khaya Ronkainen had this to say about my debut haiku collection, Haiku Rhapsodies, after purchasing a copy from Amazon. Thank you, Khaya. Very much appreciated my dear. 🙂
A superb collection of simple yet intense verses that can be read in one breath, and some more. The author weaves with words, and brings about vivid and thought-provoking images. Brevity of a poem focusing on a particular moment communicates a raw thought, yet is beautiful and offers deep insight. In all, this is a joyous and an enlightening read. I highly recommend it.
Links for Haiku Rhapsodies:
My friend and haiku poet from Trinidad and Tobago, Gillena Cox recently received a copy of my debut poetry collection, Haiku Rhapsodies in a book swap. I received a copy of her lovely collection, Moments which I’m currently delving into.
With her kind permission, please read below Gillena’s review of HR which she originally posted on her blog, Lunch Break.
❧✿❧Saturday Share❧✿❧ #19
Review of ‘Haiku Rhapsodies (verses from Ghana) by Celestine Nudanu
‘Afriku’ opens the rhapsody, with a serenade of rushing streams and weighted sun dances. Our hearts are steered to a few sampling from nature’s basket – of humanity, hunger and loss, and the mystery of divining.
rushing stream calms
the voodoo priest
shivers at the moon
the stench of unsold wares
fills her stomach
These micro aha moments traverse to wider meanderings, for the inclusion of a Ghana secular in a global essence. Her chapter ‘Nature’. Shares such moments as
At the chapter ‘Haiku My Heart’, i paused a little longer in reflection, for the naming of this chapter, made me go back to first meetings with this sister haijin. We met through the linky redirecting of listed blogs at ‘Recuerda Mi Corazon’ – a Haiku blog hop hosted by Rebecca Brooks. So it was through blog hopping that i first read the works of sister haijin Celestine Nudanu. But this is side tracking a bit.
Celestine chapter ‘Haiku My Heart’ sensitises us to icons of family, sentimental, and passionate love. Here her ‘i-she,’ flaunts, who is Celestine.
his bead earrings
on my tongue
And finally in her chapters ‘Divine’, followed by ‘Death’; here she identifies for us glimpses of life in: joy, nature’s share of blessings, pain, and strife by a unique perspective, that is Celestine.
ticking off the days
the little girl’s gift
sways the coffin
These are some of the signposts, planted along the way in Celestine’s rhapsody: the high roads, the low roads, the mud tracks, the lighted paths; as she takes our hand and invites us to journey with her, through her heartland Ghana. She presents in her epic wanderings gems of glittering haiku. Taking us along treks of delight, mood swings of teardrops, and the pauses for extra pensive murmurings from our heart.’Haiku Rhapsodies (verses from Ghana) is a definite must read, or you don’t know what you are missing. Thanks Celestine for a journey and a serenade unique to Ghana.
–gillena cox, Oct 2016.
Lovely folks, yet another thrilling review of Haiku Rhapsodies from Brendon Kent, a more than satisfied customer. And linking the haiku below to Haiku My Heart. Enjoy! 🙂 “Being an avid reader and writer of haiku, I am thrilled that Africa has found yet another ‘haiku voice’!
Thanks to their active and inspiring organisations (in particular the Africa Haiku Network) many previously unheard African poets are now appearing in journals and e-zines worldwide…ah the power of internet…and how refreshing!
This wonderful debut collection ‘Haiku Rhapsodies (Verses from Ghana)’ is no exception. Celestine captures her part of the world beautifully, transporting it via the brevity of haiku to us, allowing us to participate in each African moment.
From the very first haiku we are swept into her world and carried musically across its terrain…
rushing stream calms
One can almost feel the savannah’s music!
a mother’s sweat
soaks into her child’s
What an image! Can you feel the heat of this market day? The closeness of mother and child oozes from this haiku, a scene that could be related to anywhere in the world…a truly universal picture that paints its story without the need to explain with too many words….the essence of haiku.
the priest’s words
drip on his cassock
I am absolutely thrilled to add this collection of Celestine’s poetry to my haiku library and would thoroughly recommend Haiku Rhapsodies to everyone!
-Brendon Kent (a member of the British Haiku Society)”
The links to HR, for your purchasing pleasure:
Done for Carpe Diem
glimpse of heaven
a leafless tree leans out
in supplicationCopyright © Celestine Nudanu 14/09/16
Here are the links to my collection of Haiku, HAIKU RHAPSODIES, for your viewing and purchasing pleasure:
If it does touch your heart to purchase a copy, I should be grateful for a candid review posted on the Amazon page. 🙂