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Lit: Ryan Mecum

By Maija Zummo · October 27th, 2009 · CityBeat Recommends

From the author of the slightly dark, slightly irreverent collection of poems, Zombie Haiku, comes a collection of new (also dark and irreverent) haikus, Vampire Haiku. Cincinnati native Ryan Mecum’s latest book follows the life of William Butten, a Mayflower-voyager-turned-vampire, through defining moments in American history in haiku format. Butten spends his three centuries recounting adventures and experiences and lamenting for Katherine, the beautiful vampire who transformed him.

The dated entries talk about things like the first Thanksgiving, the Alamo and Davy Crockett: “Some people wonder/How did Davy Crockett die?/The answer: Screaming.” Once in our decade, entries turn toward pop culture. In a sort of self-aware uroboros, Mecum has Butten comment on our current vampire obsession with poems like, “I just saw Twilight./It’s labeled a vampire film/but I don’t know why.” Also look for photos later of things like goth kids and jelly donuts with bite marks. Mecum will be at Joseph-Beth in Oakley at 7 p.m. discussing and signing his new work just in time for Halloween.

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