60 Aces of Haiku
In 60 Aces of Haiku, Gabriel Awuah Mainoo does the job of an ace sport photographer. However, Mainoo does not need a camera to create the beautiful images offered in the anthology, he conjures his images from the tip of his pen onto paper using words and makes them come alive in our mind eyes! Each poem in the anthology captures specific moments in court tennis game using a merger of tennis lexicon and images called up from nature.
The sweet thing about these poems is that one may not need to rack one’s brain working out the mathematical equation of meaning in the poems, as the tennis lexicon that may pose a barrier to meaning are explained off in footnotes; these make the conceits become easily discernible, and they allow the reader enjoy the anthology as he is able to run through the poems with ease. The conceits conjured up in the poems are amazing and amusing at the same time; even when they capture moments of loss in the tennis game.
— Ubaji Isiaka Abubakar Eazy, Memorilla Review, Somaliland
Gabriel Awuah Mainoo, candidate at the University of Cape Coast, is the author of ‘Travellers Gather Dust and Lust’ and ’Chicken Wings at the Altar’. His piece ‘Taunt’ emerged Best Satire of the Year 2017 on Voices of African Poets. He serves as project manager to Ghana Writes literary group and creative editor to WGM magazine. He is a semifinalist of Ito Eno Haiku Grand prix North America 2019.
Mainoo is a tennis player in the morning, a student in the afternoon and writer in the evening. He is an internationally anthologized poet who has featured in/on the Cicada’s cry; USA, Attempt at exhausting a place in Leicestershire, London, Writers Space Africa, YMCA, Poetry leaves exhibition in Waterford, USA, Haiku universe journal, Kalahari review, Ghana Writes journal, the haiku foundation, Memorila, Iron haiku, Malawi’s Nthanda review and elsewhere. He is a contributor to Best New African Poets 2018 anthology, Bodies & Scars anthology; attempt at exhausting a place in Leicester volume, poetry leaves bound volume, the Cicada’s cry special edition; moon, Quesadilla and other adventures among others.