Unlike most creative writers who grew up loving literature, Poetyk Prynx was interested in science, specifically physics and engineering. He enjoyed solving problems and he saw a career in science as a means to an end; to get his family out of the hardship I was born into. But during the tough times, he resorted to engaging in activities that helped him escape from reality and live in his head, and poetry was one of such activities.
“It [poetry] has always been a form of getaway for me, still is,” he said.
From there, his interest in poetry grew; he started performing recitals at school events and writing poems that were regularly featured in school magazines. He continued writing poems in senior high school and decided to take it to the next level when he got to the university.
“It was when I got to university that I realized poetry has some kind of power to really speak to people,” he said. “After a coursemate chanced upon my poems and told me Chale, the poem touch me waaaaa. You for write more. And it was around the same time that my spoken word journey began.”
Prynx followed up on a suggestion by a friend and auditioned for a poetry show dubbed Moonlight Café, which used to be held on the KNUST campus. Prior to the audition, he had never done a spoken word styled performance. During the audition, he was asked to write a poem from scratch and recite it. His performance impressed the judges and he was selected for the show. And that’s how his career as a spoken word artiste started; he has since gone on to perform on other spoken word/poetry shows including Rainmakers, Elhalakasa, and Chaskele.
“Poetry puts flesh on our perspectives and 4 am introspections. Poetry is like the taxonomy of our entire existence as humans, in so many ways,” he said. “The fact that you can capture experiences, thoughts, belief systems, rioting feelings, unexplainable happenstances and bizarre reels of de ja vus and have them mean something in a plethora of words or less, is the most intriguing and exciting aspect of poetry.”
“It’s how you can see a line like ‘broken crayons still colour’ and you immediately connect with it because it names and explains something vague you’ve been meaning to deal with. Poetry is a language that everyone understands, whatever form it picks up. You can tell and retell stories, you can make and unmake histories and you have the chance to be a part of a bigger; a world where everything you can imagine is possible,” he added.
Prynx’s life and day-to-day experience heavily influence the kind of poems he writes.
“Sometimes, it is pain, the next it’s Ghana trying to kill me and then in the same breath about sex and physical touch that I am not getting. So really, each creative process is unique to the time and place I find myself in as long as I am having fun in the entire creation process,” he noted. “The bottom line for me is to write a poem that is inclusive and holds space for every reader, regardless of whatever I am trying to portray.”
He also gets inspiration from the works of other creative writers, including, Joshua Bennett, Gwendolyn Brooks, Saul Williams, Maya Angelou, Jericho Brown, James Baldwin, Tryphena Yeboah, Amiri Baraka, Andrea Gibson.
Poetyk Prynx has, so far, released five EPs: Unlisted, Twenty6, Collywobbles, Ethereal, Okay; he published an anthology titled Chrysanthemun; and hosted a three-day virtual exhibition dubbed The Matrix.
He has also organises annual online projects including Eight Days of Valentine, which runs every February, since 2015, for eight days till the day of valentine; I Can Be A Poet Too, which gives non-poets the opportunity to write poems based on themes allocated to them; and Kaleidoscope, which is an art soiree that happens every year on my birthday since 2015.
Poetyk Prynx wants his poems to be part of the elements of every discourse, fight and gathering that leads to a monumental change in the lives of people and the society at large.
“I want my poetry to be a voice that is sought after,” he said.
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