An October Surprise: my review of Ghanaian haiku poet Celestine Nudanu's first haiku book - 'Haiku Rhapsodies (verses from Ghana)'.
Celestine, graciously accepted my offer to book swap, so i sent her a copy of my book 'Moments" and in turn she sent me a copy of 'Haiku Rhapsodies (verses from Ghana)'
'Afriku' opens the rhapsody, with a serenade of rushing streams and weighted sun dances. Our hearts are steered to such samplings 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's chapter 'Haiku My Heart' sensitizes 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 stife 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 tearsdrops, and the pauses for extra pensive mummurings 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.
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