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Review: Zombie Haiku

May 28, 2011 - by Adam Vatterott


The zombie apocalypse is upon us! If we are to survive, we must understand zombies via their . . . literary culture. Zombie Haiku highlights the eponymous poetry collection by Ryan Mecum, which features haiku written from the point of view of one Chris Lynch — recently infected and quickly turning into a flesh-craving corpse. Sadly for him. Great for us! Check out this Oedipal ditty:

I can remember
Good food that Mom used to make.
I bet Mom tastes good.

Other haiku reveal deep zombie philosophizing:

Everything I thought
Tasted a lot like chicken
Really tastes like man.

You also get an epic video of a zombie reading his haiku while his fellow zombies attack suburbanites around him. Also tasty is the “If Famous Poets Wrote Zombie Haiku” section, featuring contributions by the likes of brainy Billy Collins.

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