October 29, 2015 by Ray Yanek
Found treasure is the best.
Case in point: A book I stumbled across while searching for info about the history structure, and purpose of haiku.
What I found was a page of poems–from a collection of haiku penned by a zombie.
Yes, you heard me right–haiku written by a zombie.
The book, written by Ryan Mecum, is called Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your Brains... According to the blurb on Amazon, the book “is the touching story of a zombie’s gradual decay told through the intimate poetry of haiku. From infection to demise, readers will accompany the narrator through deserted streets and barricaded doors for every eye-popping, gut-wrenching, flesh-eating moment. The book is illustrated with over 50 photos from the zombie’s point of view and designed with extra blood, pus, gore, and guts!”
I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but below are a few of my favorites:
“Blood is really warm,
it’s like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming.”
“Little old ladies
speed away in their wheelchairs,
frightened meals on wheels.”
And my personal favorite:
“You are so lucky
that I cannot remember
how to use doorknobs.”
To see these and a few other examples, check out the GoodReads page HERE.
If you get the book and you like it, there is also a sequel called Dawn of Zombie Haiku, not to mention other monstrous collections such as Werewolf Haiku and Vampire Haiku.
Here are the blurbs for the werewolf and vampire books.
Katherine. These pages contain his heartbreaking story – the story of a vampire who has lived through (and perhaps caused) some of America’s defining events. As he travels the country and as centuries pass, he searches for his lost love and records his adventures and misadventures using the form of poetry known as haiku.
As Butten documents bloody wars, a certain tea party in Boston, living the high life during the Great Depression, two Woodstock festivals, the corruption of Emily Dickinson, and hanging out with Davy Crockett, he keeps to the classic 5-7-5 syllable structure of haiku. The resulting poems are hilarious, repulsive, oddly romantic, and bizarre (From Amazon.com).
About Werewolf Haiku: This journal contains the poetic musings of a mailman who, after being bitten by what he thinks is a dog, discovers that he is actually now a werewolf. Wreaking havoc wherever he goes, he details his new life and transformations in the 5-7-5 syllable structure of haiku–his poetry of choice.
Follow along as our werewolf poet slowly turns from a mostly normal man into the hairy beast that he cannot keep trapped inside. And watch out for carnage when he changes and becomes hungry. No toenail, no entrail, no pigtail will be left behind. And talk about wreaking havoc: His newfound claws and teeth have sent his clothing budget through the roof!
He is in love with a woman on his route, but he has never had the courage to tell her. As he fights against his urges during each full moon, he discovers that succumbing to his primal instincts will not only bag him a good meal–it just might help him in his quest for love…Or maybe not (from Amazon.com).
Yep, I know what I’ll be reading on Halloween.
You can find more about Ryan Mecum at www.ryanmecum.com