Bature! West African Haikai (Paperback)
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 WUSC recruit.
About the Author
Richard Stevenson retired from a thirty-year gig teaching English and Creative Writing for Lethbridge College in 2015. During that time, he published thirty books, most recently a long poem sequence on the Clifford Olson serial murders case, Rock, Scissors, Paper (2016) and a collection of haikai poetry, A Gaggle of Geese (2017). Forthcoming titles include a trilogy of sci fi, fantasy, and horror poems for middle grade children and adults on cryptid, ET, and Fortean lore, Cryptid Shindig: A Big Book of Creeps and Critters, three standalone sequels, An Abominable Swamp Slob Named Bob, Hairy Hullabaloo, and Eye to Eye with My Octopi, and a haikai and lyric collection of poems for younger children, Action Dachshund! He currently lives in Nanaimo, BC.