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Adjei Agyei-Baah: Scaring Crow

#Haiku Happenings #2: Gregory Piko reviews Adjei Agyei-Baah’s new haiku chapbook, “scaring crow”!

Gregory Piko

Adjei Agyei-Baah is a widely published poet from Ghana. He has written several books including Afriku (Red Moon Press, 2016) and is co-founder of the Africa Haiku Network and The Mamba (Africa’s premiere haiku journal). Adjei is currently pursuing his PhD studies in New Zealand.

Earlier in 2022, Buttonhook Press released Adjei’s new haiku chapbook: Scaring Crow. With a Foreword by Hiroaki Sato, the collection comprises 102 haiku about scarecrows. You can read the entire book for free by clicking this link to the Buttonhook Press website. Here are some of Adjei’s haiku:

parting mist . . .
the open arms
of a scarecrow

ghost story —
a scarecrow vanishes
from the pole

Throughout the book, Adjei presents strong images and finds fresh ways of relating the scarecrow’s interaction with birds, the farmer and the seasons:

midnight banter
the drunken farmer
and a scarecrow

Harmattan —
even the scarecrow

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