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Kojo Owusu was born in cape coast in the central region of Ghana and owing to his enormous precociousness and perspicacious genius was able to indulge in literary aberration reading miscellaneous materials from all sources which lead ultimately to his massive self education of unparalleled and surpassing brilliance.
An avid reader, a modern mystic, a pessimist and a skeptic, an outstanding and visionary poet in whose hand language becomes as malleable as clay. Art becomes functional and a revolutionary instrument. Kojo Owusu is also a brilliant essayist, a passionate speaker of atheistic and animistic leanings. And a radical polemicist whose unconventional and controversial writings questions in a rational vein devoid of dogmatism and speculative theories the validity of conventional thoughts and inhibitions.
Kojo Owusu completed his first collection of poems entitled POT OF CHARM in (2001) and remained unpublished till (2006) The poems mostly touched on the theme of love unusual in African poetry was first featured on a literary program on radio universe at the campus of university of Ghana. The brilliant and unusual quaintness he displayed in the formative poems which was later to shape his style and garner him the undisputed claim to obscurantism and unconventionality. In the preface to POT OF CHARM, it was said rhapsodically to be operating in a different genre, formative yet deliberate and final. A sharp and poignant declivity, a deliberate twist from the synonymous and familiar love poetry of unimaginative scenery and trite and uninspiring description. It was a strange journey, the cry of the demon lover. A retreat in to the idyllic ambience and unsophisticated naiveté of the countryside accompanied by the surreptitious and malignant spirits and sprites. Its seem to endorse believe in animism, fetishism, occultism and phallic worship. There are vague allusions and references to gods and goddesses, myths and legends, half remembered dreams and metaphysics. Chants, invocations, and incantations abound. The real and the surreal all blended in one. Then comes the beautiful lines dealing with erotic love amidst the hunting lines.”
His second collection of poems was entitled WAITING FOR NAANA and contains some of his reflective and matured pieces.
The third collection entitled THE HAUNTED HUNTER was widely acclaimed and received rave reviews both home and abroad and showed the intellectuals and literary gurus of Africa the emergence of a precociously bright and promising poet firmly established in the mainstream of African literature!
The collection was also said to be the most varied, learned and penetrating. Having all the elements of the macabre and exhibits the deep recess of the subconscious and reveals in convoluted fashion the poets haunted imagination.
Some of the most ambitious poems vacillate between ancient and modern epochs in Africa and present in an apocalyptic fervor Africa’s harrowing past and turbulent present. And present in a visionary tone the total liberation of the continent from the debilitating shackles of imperialism and neo colonialism; said in a vociferous subdued yet revolutionary vein.
He has won numerous awards or his poetry including the arts and Africa award 2003 and the Kwame Nkrumah award for young and talented poets.
A prolific and versatile artist, an astute and a self conscious experimentalist, a modern romantic and a purveyor of myth, he has completed more than twenty collections some of which are awaiting publication and includes, THE SACRIFICE, THE RIDDLE OF THE SPHINX, GILGAMESH, HERMES TRISMEGISTUS, MADGIGAL FOR MIRABEL, THE CALL OF CHARLOTTE, OPEN SESEME, THE GODFATHER, ANTHOLOGY OF LONGER POEMS, LYRICAL POEMS, IMITATION OF EPIC POEMS, THE MASTER OF THE MACABRE, COME BACK NANA AMA,JUVENALIA AND FROM DUSK TO DAWN.
His CENTRAL CAFETERIA is a panoramic survey of the current system of education as unjustifiable and bordering on mediocrity set in the campus of the university of Ghana.
He is currently working on a series of radical articles on social systems collectively dubbed the POLEMICIST and a collection of poems entitled SERENADE FOR SELMA. Retrospective in outlook and in content and form drawing inspiration from POT OF CHARM