Vampire Haiku: A Book review

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Author: Ryan Mecum
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144 pages
Published date: August 1, 2009
Publisher: How Books
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You hold in your hands a recently discovered poetry journal—the poetry journal of a vampire. William Butten was en route to a new land on the Mayflower when he was turned into a vampire by a fellow passenger, a beautiful woman named 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.

Read along, and you just may find a new appreciation for—and insight into—various events in American history. And blood.

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Vampire Haiku by Ryan Mecum, nice title isn’t it? I got curious when I first laid my eyes in this book. Ryan Mecum wrote this book through the use of the 5-7-5 syllables of Haiku. It was a journal type book but in a Haiku way. William Butten, the character in this book and the one who made the journal was a vampire. Ooppps.. Sorry spoiler.

“Five syllables first,
then followed by seven more,
and then five again.”

William Butten, as he explores living in a vampire life was pretty amazing. And how he survived living alone and drinking blood as the years pass by. I was really fascinated by the writing style of this book that I crave for something more. Writing Haiku was not as easy as it seems. I had tried it before, but thinking and writing with sense with only 5-7-5 syllables were really hard.

Plus, this book was a great read for this Halloween and it was amazing to read some other ways of writing, an old old way. 4/5 stars.
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