Book Spotlight: Zombie Haiku

Submitted by teenspace on July 25, 2011 - 5:28pm

 Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum
Book Review by Tiffany, Librarian, Sebastopol

What do you get when you combine Zombies with Poetry?!?  Zombie Haiku by Ryan Mecum.  Mecum creates a story told through haiku.  A Haiku is a poetry form that consists of “three simple lines composed of five syllables, ten seven syllables, and another line of five syllables”.  I wanted to keep reading because of how clever the haiku were even though I was extremely grossed out at the same time.  The story follows someone who gets bitten by a zombie and you see the transformation from human to monster.  When he is a zombie he is a monster, eating everyone and anyone, including his own mother.  Between the haiku and the pictures this book isn’t for the faint at heart.  Here are some examples of Mecum’s haiku:


“As I stumble out,

the sick people walk toward me

and I’m in trouble.


The only option

Is a nearby billboard sign,

which I quickly climb.


My town is broken.

From this view, I see the end.

Below, they gather.”  (page 19)


“Turning on her road

and seeing the porch light on

makes me salivate.


What is that low growl?

I look around and notice

That moaning is me.”  (page 37)

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