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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