Gabriel Awuah Mainoo
Chicken Wings at the Altar
Chicken Wings at the Altar, seasoned with French translation, is a potpourri of well-seasoned verses recreating events in the now moment with vivid images. It underscores the festiveness in the eerie air of excitement of the Christmas season and beyond, viz New Year. You’ll find before you replay every single happenstances of Christmas including those beautiful sceneries you never thought could be attended to, all well captured in the pristine haiku and senryū forms. — Taofeek Ayeyemi, Editor, Idanre Haiku Review, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
At times playful, at times painfully poignant, Chicken Wings at the Altar takes familiar images and themes of Christmas and subverts and represents them in ways that both startle and satisfy. The collection captures the contrasting moods and melancholia of the festive period, in sensitively observed, acutely expressed scenes. — Paul Chambers, Editor, Wales Haiku Journal, Newport, Wales
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.