Saturday, December 6, 2008

Zombie Haiku and a haiku contest

What better way to combine haiku and horror than with a book called Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry For Your...Brains? Written by Ryan Mecum, the book is a collection of haiku written from the point of view of a zombie. I haven't read the book, but after checking out the Zombie Haiku website, I'm ordering it now. There is an awesome 3-minute YouTube video, featuring some of the poems from the book read by blood-soaked zombies, as well as zombie haiku written by famous people, from Billy Collins to Michael Ian Black. (Thanks to Don Wentworth, editor of Lilliput Review and Modest Proposal Chapbooks, for the link!)

And speaking of haiku, if you're a member of (which I think is free, but I could be wrong), they've got a haiku contest running right now, with a $100 Visa gift card top prize. Deadline is December 10th, and second and third place poems win "member dollars." I'm not sure exactly what member dollars will buy you, but I'm pretty sure they'll buy you more than no dollars at all.

Get your stories and poems ready... both Apex Digest and Star*Line will reopen to subs on January 1st.


Deborah P Kolodji said...

I bought a copy of Zombie Haiku almost a month ago. I still haven't gotten around to reading it, though.

Hmmm. Unexpected rhyme.
Let's try this one more time.

zombie haiku
in the dead stack
of unread mail

It looks interesting though.

Unfortunately, I have a huge stack of unread poetry books and magazines on my bedstand that I need to read first...

Josh Gage's "Breathes"
Penny Harter's "The Night Marsh"
Patricia Donegan's "Haiku Mind"
Bitter Oleander #14
Illumen, Autumn 2008
Eucalypt #5
Jennifer Gresham's "Diary of a Cell"
Alaska Quarterly Review, Fall/Winter 08
Shenandoah, Fall 2008

Greg Schwartz said...

sounds like a good list of books and magazines. i need to buy a copy of Josh's book, but i've got my own stack of un-reads, too. can't remember all of them, but i know i have:

Gary Snyder, "Myths & Texts"
Essential Haiku
a Ray Bradbury chapbook
a Writers of the Future anthology
The Essential Ezra Pound
Rick Hautala, "Little Brothers"
the new Star*Line

and quite a few more. gives me a lot to look forward to.

thanks for sharing the haiku!

Deborah P Kolodji said...

Actually I have the Gary Snyder "Myths & Texts" book on my "to read" list, too.

The only reason I've read the latest Star*Line is that I helped proofread it....

Deborah P Kolodji said...

p.s. Did you like Dwarf Stars?

Greg Schwartz said...

this year's Dwarf Stars was amazing! I just sent my ballot in yesterday... it took a long time to narrow it down to just 3 poems. there was some really good poetry in there. it's quite a surprise to see a poem in Dwarf Stars by Cor van den Heuvel or M. Kei.

Deborah P Kolodji said...

I was really happy with the poems this year. I've been on pins and needles waiting for someone to publicly comment about it, because you never know how other people will perceive the same thing.

Cor and M. were both great.

M. Kei actually sent me one of the other tanka after we inquired on the first. He was very, very supportive of the project.

Stan Forrester also helped out behind the scenes - he put me in touch with Jennie Martin for the bottle rocket haiku I used. She was interested in learning more about spec poetry.

Greg Schwartz said...

it's nice that everyone's so helpful. it seems that wherever there is haiku involved, Stan Forrester is somehow helping with it.

Charles Gramlich said...

I haven't had a chance to tell Don thanks for sending that info on the Zombie Haiku my way. Loved the video, though I haven't ordered the book yet. I just sent some poems to Abyss and Apex.

Greg Schwartz said...

yeah, that video was pretty well-done. good luck with the sub! i've been trying to submit to Abyss & Apex tonight too, but apparently their website's down.

pottygok said...

I'm curious to see everyone's reaction to Zombie Haiku. From the reviews and preview pages I've read on Amazon, it seems like some forced 5-7-5. I've actually been watching old Romero films and others (Dellamore Dellamorte, etc.) under the guise of "research" to write my own zombie haiku.

As far as my book goes (which, by the way, is titled breaths not breathes. I know, it's a minor point, but one that I think impacts the reader's interpretations), I should mention that I'm still selling it at 25% off the cover price. Please e-mail me at for more information.

Greg Schwartz said...

Josh - the haiku are definitely forced, but i still think it sounds like a fun book. i'm sure most of the poems won't be ones you would see in Scifaikuest or Shantytown, but i bet there are some clever little gems in there.

if you read the celebrity haiku on the website, Billy Collins is the only one who didn't go the 5/7/5 route.

Deborah P Kolodji said...

sorry Josh -

that was a typo on my part

pottygok said...


Let us know if you find any gems. It'll be interesting to see.


It's okay. I just wanted to make sure people knew what to look for on Amazon. Of course, they can always order a copy directly from me at 25% off the cover price. My book makes a great holiday present!

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