Bature! West African Haikai

By Richard Stevenson

Bature! West African Haikai
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The book is an utaniki, a poetic travel journal comprised of haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, zappai and various Japanese imagist sequences. It records a journey undertaken by the author and his family in a Volkswagen, c 1980, from northeastern Nigeria down to Lagos in the southwest ... Read more


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The book is an utaniki, a poetic travel journal comprised of haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, zappai and various Japanese imagist sequences. It records a journey undertaken by the author and his family in a Volkswagen, c 1980, from northeastern Nigeria down to Lagos in the southwest and up the west coast of West Africa through Benin and Togo. With characteristic wit it exposes the neocolonial realities of so-called third world cultures: the ingenuity of their peoples, their wicked humour and resourcefulness. It's a celebration of life in West Africa before the violence of Boko Haram and the abductions of young girls from Maiduguri, a city Richard Stevenson lived in for two years as a CIDA volunteer.

Richard Stevenson

Richard Stevenson is the author of four previous full-length collections of poetry: Driving Offensively (Sono Nis Press, 1985), Spitting Up (Third Eye Publications, 1986), Horizontal Hotel (TSAR Publications, 1989), and Whatever It Is Plants Dreams... (Goose Lane Editions, 1990).A past Editor-in-Chief of Prism International and founding editor of Black Apple, he currently lives with his wife Gepke and two children, Adrian and Marika, in Lethbridge, Alberta, and teaches English, Humanities, Technical and Creative Writing courses for Lethbridge Community College.

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