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Buttonhook Press 2023 Chapbook Series
Poetry: All forms & styles

Adjei Agyei-Baah


with a Foreword by David McMurray
Professor of Intercultural Studies
International University of Kagoshima

Explore an incisive review of this chapbook by Gregory Piko.

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About Tales of the Kite:

One of the most exciting recent developments in English-language haiku has been the appearance on the international scene of poets from Africa. Among the best we have encountered is Adjei Agyei-Baah, whose debut in the pages of The Heron’s Nest was a poem-of-the-year for 2016. Subsequent work has proved that this was just the beginning of his contributions to world haiku in English. Tales of the Kite displays the same clarity and subtlety that we have quickly come to expect from him. I strongly recommend this book to readers.

─John Stevenson
Managing Editor of The Heron’s Nest

Tales of the Kite explores a literary conceit — from observed or owned object, through child and adult relationship to it, to personification. The verses are sometimes haiku via Western poetic devices in looser forms and sometimes more timeless. In Japan, the kite is a kigo (season word) inextricably associated with Haru Kaze (spring wind), which together are celebrated in annual kite-flying festivals. The kite invites the spirit to breathe free with the rhythms of freshening air. Adjei Agyei-Baah opens the writers’ toolbox to offer the reader a season to play.

— Elaine Andre
Author of Between Wit & Wonder

The world was stunned by Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner (2003). Many of his readers will want to get their hands on Tales of the Kite, a soaring achievement by Adjei Agyei-Baah.

–Gabriel Rosenstock

About the writer:
Adjei Agyei-Baah is the author of Afriku (Red Moon Press, 2016), Ghana,21 Haiku (Mamba Africa Press, 2017), Piece of My Fart (2018), Finding the Other Door (2021) and Mamelon a Mamelon (Edition Unicite, 2021). His coedited/co-authored books include The Awakened One: Buddha-Themed-Haiku from Around The World (Poetry Chaikhana,2021) and Trio of Windows (JUNPA,2018). Adjei is the primary author of the four Haikupedia articles about African haiku. He is the co-founder of Africa Haiku Network and The Mamba (Africa’s premiere haiku journal). He teaches English and Literature at the University of Ghana’s School of Continuing and Distance Education and is currently pursuing his PhD studies at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

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