Oct 31

Haiku 304

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , October 31st, 2009

by Alison

by Alison

the mist from the field

creeps into the road and I

think of Stephen King

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Oct 30

Haiku 303

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , October 30th, 2009

by Kelly

by Kelly

damn boxelder bugs

have infiltrated my home —

invasive species

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Oct 30

Haiku Author Interview: Ryan Mecum

Posted: under Reviews.
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by Kelly

by Kelly

Halloween is upon us. To commemorate the holiday in haiku fashion, we interviewed Ryan Mecum.

Mecum is the author of two books of haiku. Zombie Haiku was released in 2008 while Vampire Haiku was just published this fall. Both are written from the point of view of a monster.

Since neither one of us is a real monster-lovin’ sort of gal, we were curious to learn how the world of haiku and the world of things-that-go-bump-in-the-night fit together in Mecum’s mind.

In what ways does haiku lend itself to monster stories?

Haiku are so fun because they can be quick and loud, like most good monster stories, yet they can also be slow and quiet, like all the other good monster stories.

One haiku can focus on the extravaganza that is a monster, such as this following vampire narrated haiku… “You know that your drink / is down to the last few sips / once the toes curl up.”

But then another haiku can take a quieter look that is more introspective such as this zombie narrated haiku… “My shoes are slushy / with my decomposing feet / leaking clear liquid.”

Both of your books are written in the first person as though you are the zombie/vampire. Was it hard to put yourself into this monster mind set?

It was easier to put myself into the mind of a vampire because their perspective is so often told in film and novels.

It was more fun for me to put myself into the mind set of a zombie simply because I had not ever seen that done before, so it was a much more exciting world to explore.

Neither were particularly hard for me simply because I see both monsters as playful and fun. I would have a much more difficult time if I had to write haiku narrated by a serial murderer, which is a mind set I wouldn’t want to spend much time in. Zombies and vampires are fun.

Was it difficult to compose a full-length story in haiku?

Short answer, yes. Long answer, yeeeeees. But what’s even more difficult is realizing that my months of writing will take the average reader about a half hour.

Do any of your monster haiku give you the willies?

A few of my haiku can still get a grossed out smile out of me. It’s usually the haiku that involve the description of how certain things might taste.

You are a youth minister, a profession most people wouldn’t readily associate with a love of gore. How do you reconcile these two sides of your personality?

I have never read a book more creepy than the Bible. The Bible, thankfully, has a lot of love in it, but it also has stories about demon-possessed, unchainable, naked people who can send their demons into thousands of pigs. That keeps me up at night more than The Shining ever did.

Are there more monster haiku books in the works?

Werewolf Haiku, Fall 2010. After that, who knows? I really love writing them, so hopefully there can be some ghosts and witches in my future as well.

Read our review of Zombie Haiku.

Read our review of Vampire Haiku.

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Oct 29

Haiku 302

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , October 29th, 2009

by Alison

by Alison

a great business plan:

Finishing School for Clueless

Husbands and Boyfriends

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Oct 28

Haiku 301

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , October 28th, 2009

by Kelly

by Kelly

the darkness always

shocks — it’s so hard to wake up,

get up, motivate

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Oct 27

Haiku 300

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , October 27th, 2009

by Alison

by Alison

A neighbor tells me,

“Be sure to wear red or orange –

It’s hunting season.”

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Oct 26

Haiku 299

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , October 26th, 2009

by Kelly

by Kelly

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Oct 25

Haiku 298

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , October 25th, 2009

by Alison

by Alison

I can see nothing –

no stars no moon no light no

winding stone path home

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Oct 24

Haiku 297

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , October 24th, 2009

by Kelly

by Kelly

the bonfires of hell

do not crackle crimson like

this lone burning bush

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Oct 23

Haiku 296

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , October 23rd, 2009

by Alison

by Alison

perhaps we’ll have peace

when women gain power to

hold up half the sky

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