Adjei Agyei-BaahAdjei Agyei-Baah

 
Born 1977 in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Living in Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana
Adjei, is an English language lecturer and the co-founder Africa Haiku Network and Poetry Foundation Ghana. He doubles as the co-editor of the Mamba Journal, Africa’s first haiku periodical and champions an avant-garde type of haiku dubbed “Afriku”, which seeks to project the unique sights, sounds, and settings of Africa. He discovered haiku through his fellow countryman, Nana Fredua-Agyeman and tasted his first journal publication with Shamrock in 2011.

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last night’s rain
in the spider’s web
a chandelier of globules

ahemanakye—
anadwo nsutɔ gu nhyerɛnee
wɔ ananse ntentan mu

Merit Award, 7th ITO EN Oi Ocha New Haiku Contest, 2016

 

roasting sun
the egret's measured steps
in buffalo shadow

owia branee
nantwinoma tutu nanamɔn
wɔ nantwie sunsum mu

The Heron's Nest Award/Editors' Choice, The Herons Nest Volume XVIII, Number 1: March 2016

 

garden dew
a butterfly rests
on silence

anɔpa afikyi fuom
afafantɔ gye n’ahome
wɔ dinnyɔ so

2nd Place, Indian Kukai #16, June 2016 (kigo theme - butterfly)

 

a slow approach
to a resting butterfly
my shadow set it off


me de brɛw nanteɛ

rekɔ afafantɔ bi ho
me sunsum maa ne tuuɛ


Haiku of Merit (Zatsuei), World Haiku Review, June 2016

 

another home
stars resting
in a river

 

tenabrem foforɔ
nnsroma a woadeda
wɔ nsutene mu

paper wasp 22 (2) 2016

 

morning path . . .
dots of dew
share the sun

 

anɔpa kwan
busuo a agu nhyerɛnee
kyɛ owia

Under the Bashō 2016

 

falling leaf
the sudden arms
of a spider web

 

ahahan a ate reba fam
ananse ntentan
gye no adwobrɛɛw

Akitsu Quarterly, Summer 2016 Issue

 

the road not taken—
a giant spider’s web
bridging branches

 

ɔkwan a obiara nfa so
ananse ntentan
di asosɔ nnuam

Wild Plum  2:1 Spring & Summer 2016

 

running from rain
its first tap
on my shoulder

 

meretu mirika
adwane nsu tɔ
nea edi kan bɔ m’abati

A Hundred Gourds  5:2 March 2016

 

lonely
as I canoe by
moon

 

ankonam
wɔbrɛ a mede me kodoɔ retwam
ɔsram

David Mcmurray Favorite Haiku, 4th Japan-Russia Haiku Contest, October 18, 2015, Akita International Haiku Network

 

riverside
a crocodile waits
in a monkey shadow

 

nsutene ho
ɔdɛnkyɛm a wahinta 
wɔ asoroboa sunsum mu

The Asahi Shimbun: Asahi Haikuist Network, January 1, 2016.

 

fresh sprout
my life picks up
a pigment of hope

 

ahabanmono
me kra nyaa anidasoɔ bi
wɔ ne fefeyɛ mu

Frogpond 36.2, Spring/Summer 2013

 

an early bird
at the tail of a late worm
first light

 

dasuom anomaa a
okuta sonson dua pɔm
anɔpa hyann mu

Brass Bell haiku Journal, November, 2015 Issue.

 

folding and unfolding
the unheard clap
of the butterfly

 

afafantɔ ntaban mu bue
ne nentumuu
nsamubɔ a obiara nnte

Brass Bell Haiku Journal, October 2015 Issue.

 


deserted shore
the wind sharpens its voice
over a conch

 

mpoano a obiara nni hɔ
mframa see ne nne
wo sunam hankra mu

Editor’s Choice Cattails, September 2015 Edition

 

harmattan winds…
crossing the border
with leaves

 

ɔpɛ nframa
a watase ahahan 
de retwa hyeɛ

Africa Haiku Network, Harmattan Series, December 2015.

 


castle cannons
pointing where their owners
have gone by

 

Oguaa abankɛseɛm
Ngresifoɔ atubra rekyerɛ
wɔn akyiri kwan

Honorable Mention, World Haiku Review, January 2014 Issue

 

roadside beggar
he waits for the traffic light
to turn red

 

kwankyɛn adesrɛni
ɔretwɛn sɛ trafik kanea 
bɛsɔ kɔkɔɔ

Heart Journal Online, June 2015 Edition

 

black coffee 
white sugar 
I stir the world into oneness

 

asikyire fitaa
kɔfe tuntum
mede atre kaa wiase bɔɔ mu

Indian Kukai #14, December 2015.

 

ripe mango 
on the garden floor
an aphid takes a bite

 

mango a abre da fam
ofitiyɛ anom ne deɛ
dadaada

Shamrock, Issue 19, 2013

 

drifting cotton clouds
the sickle moon
harvests all alone

 

asaawa mununkum retwam
osram asɔsowa nkutoo
retwa

Boston Poetry Magazine May 2015 Edition

 

shea butter market
sellers hold the sun
in water sprinkles

 

nkuto dwa mu 
adetɔnfoɔ de nsupetee 
kyekyeree owia

Boston Poetry Magazine May 2015 Edition

 

May rains drop-
the bamboo fence
free from termites’ plaster

 

kotonimaa nsu tɔ
mpampro ban gye ne ho
firi nfɔteɛ ntetareɛ mu

Boston Poetry Magazine May 2015, Edition

 

sunken grinding stone
stories told of herbs
that made us men

 

twiboɔ mu tokuro
yekaa mpaninsɛm faa ahahama a
ɛmaa yɛgyinaa brane

Heart Journal Online, 8th June 2015 Edition

 

end of the road-
railway track runs
into earth

 

ɔkwan awieɛ-
keteke dadekwan a
ɛwura asaase mu

Boston Poetry Magazine May 2015, Edition