HAPPY INTERNATIONAL POETRY DAY TO ALL ADINKRALINKS POETS, OUR READERS AND AUDIENCE
Since 2019, apart from this second volume of the ADINKRA series, we have allowed the concept of emergence to flourish in AdinkraLinks Publications. This has resulted in the publishing of ‘Song of A Caged Bird and Other Poems’ by Joycelyn Siaw-Asamoah and ‘Mazungumzo Ya Shairi’, a poetic conversation by Gameli Tordzro and Nancy Ndeke.
In addition to Aya ‘The Resilient’ Ancestral Code, by Gameli Tordzro and Awimbangde Ayuune has been published in January 2021. Also in the pipeline to br released is ‘Train to Freedom’ by Doris Mawusi Amemo, and ‘Memories of Life’ by Bernice Awotwe-Baidoo. with Gameli Tordzro’s ‘Speaking Beyond’ an anthology of as selection of poems and short stories and ‘A Journey of Mutuality’ with Debbie Mangortey.
The call for AYA The Resilient came in the wake of Funtunfunefu ‘Synched’ and the theme of ‘resilience’ emerged in a conversation about why poets have to compete to become chosen to become published authors. It may be true that poetry competitions try to get you to write your best work and sometimes your best work comes when you are under the hardest of pressure. However somehow that can only emerge if you pause, detach from the pressure, and write.
At AdinkraLinks we have chosen to replace competition with interaction through exchanging and responding to what each participating poets writes and this process is what drives the Adinkra Series. The Poetic Conversations Series is based on conversational interaction which generates new knowledge and understanding between two or more people and focusses on a particular theme; for instance the theme of 'treasured opportunities and mutual enrichment' in Mazungumzo Ya Shairi, and 'ancestral memory' in the Ancestral Code..
Apart from the two anthology series, AdinkraLinks publishes individual poets' work untamed on the Adinkra symbols.
1. Funtunfunefu 'Synched'
2. Song of Caged Bird
3. Mazungumzo Ya Shairi
4. Ancestral Code
5. AYA 'The Resilient'
".... When I first read the title of the book you are holding, I thought to myself “Right timing.” Aya – ‘The resilient’ could not come at a better time than when the world is in the middle of a pandemic. Everything is crumbling around us and yet here we are.
Reading Aya ‘The Resilient’ connects us to 29 exceptionally talented poets from all over the world that tell their story of resilience through 150 captivating poetry pieces. As you live through the pages you will be served an assortment of pieces each telling a unique story and yet merging on the human ability to bounce back from hardship. The most beautiful thing about poetry is in how it can shape shift to fit our different circumstances. Each time I read the poems in this book it felt like they had taken the form of what I needed to see, to hear and that for me is the most magical thing about art..."
THE LAUNCH OF THIS ANTHOLOGY WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM 29 POETS WILL BE ONLINE. PLEASE WATCH OUT HERE FOR THE DATE.
This unique compilation of heartfelt thoughts in conversations has several dedications that immediately open the reader’s senses into the depths that are laid bare in the journey of the conversations. The first dedication is to the “ancestors whose memories I carry whose legacies carry me” With this incredible philosophical statement, the writer acknowledges two facts at once. That the past is borne of the present and that what was lived is living in the lineage of the present. Everything is interwoven and intertwined in the memories and legacies. - NANCY NDEKE
Mazungumzo Ya Shairi is a poetic conversation between two writers Gameli Tordzro and Nancy Ndeke, that explores Gameli Tordzro’s concept of Treasured Opportunity, Mutual Enrichment and the phenomenon of Memories with Foreword written by Maysura Asher Farzia.
The Ghanaian poet and storyteller Gameli Tordzro and his Kenyan friend poet and teacher Nancy Ndeke respond to each other’s poems delving deep into an explorative conversation. They explore real life experiences of treasured opportunities, enrichment and memory. The book captures a concentrated and in-depth conversation in a poetic dialogue rarely published. The Gameli Tordzro and Nancy Ndeke lead the way into a new poetry genre: 'African Conversationist Poetry'.
“There is something wonderfully reassuring, almost comforting, about the pace and rhythm of this collection. It starts gently, tentatively, as the authors introduce themselves to one another and slowly become acquainted through exchanges of emails and a meeting in Kenya. But the mutual respect and synergies of work and thought build quickly, through conversations about the ways in which their paths have come to cross and moments of mutual enrichment."
"... a remarkable anthology of poetic conversations between two kindred souls separated by continents, yet united in spirit. Gameli and Nancy’s co-creation offers a kaleidoscope of emotions and themes, and calls for a departure from hate and human disconnect. It treats life and loss, separation and belonging, crime and forgiveness, and of futures lost and new beginnings with the deepest of experience and compassion. But amidst all this, the overarching idea this book leaves you with relates to courage, strength and the power of memory and remembering. This book is bound to move you.
Slow down, read it with care and you will be rewarded with new depths of insight into what we sense, and how we sense and co-create with others.”
“These evocative poems stir the heart to act, to reflect, to love well, and to stay free against all odds. The collaborative spirit that moves this collection of interweaving voices can serve as a model for future creative and scholarly work across continents, borders, and experiences. Every page houses a lyrical display of hope, honesty, sanity, and vision that nourishes my own courage to work for a more just, more vivid human future in our time.”
— David Gramling, Associate Professor of German Studies, University of Arizona / USA
“The Adinkra symbol Funtunfunefu represents two conjoined crocodiles fighting over the food these creatures are destined to share. In this new collection, Gameli Tordzro has assembled multiple poetic voices in response to such folly – suggesting alternatives to our persistent failure to acknowledge human interdependency. The poems are dynamic, written in transit, bridging gaps between languages, cultures and generations, breathing in and breathing out. They recount struggles, linger over silences, capture flashes of anger, transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Together, these texts constitute an elegy to those values and qualities whose importance we underestimate at our peril: gratitude, kindness, curiosity, faith, friendship, hope… Here, throughout these 101 poems, is a reflection on difference and sameness, on laughter and sorrow – on our entangled, synchronised lives.”
— Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French, University of Liverpool. AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow, 'Translating Cultures' Member of the Academy of Europe.
Senanu Adzo Tordzro talks about how she began writing and the experience of discovering herself and a 'Vessel' and the process of expressing that through spoken word and how that translates into becoming a published poet whose challenge is a combination of how her poetry is heard, seen and read.
Maysura Farzia (Mayo) talks about her writing experience and on becoming a poet.
"We connect to create and create to connect". Senanu recounts her writing experience on the Vessels project at the Beacon Theatre in Scotland, 2015 and 2016. She reflects on how the process of being involved in the workshops, creating expressing totally transformed her in the period of 10 days.
Maysura reflects on her experience of contributing to Funtunfunefu 'Synched' and how she rediscovered herself on her journey of become a published poet.
The next call for poems will be live after the launch of the our second volume AYA 'The Resilient' Please return here for updates, videos and photographs of the launch event and the next call for poems. Just click on the button below to explore our Events page