What is a Haiku?
Haiku is a type of short form poetry originally from Japan.
Traditional Japanese haiku consist of three phrases that contain a kireji, or “cutting word”, on (a type of Japanese phoneme) in a 5, 7, 5 pattern, and a kigo, or seasonal reference.
Originally from Japan, haiku today are written by authors worldwide. Haiku in English and haiku in other languages have their own styles and traditions while still incorporating aspects of the traditional haiku form.
James Bryant’s DARK HAIKU
Departing from the traditional imagery of the natural world, Mr. Bryant focuses his poems on themes of suffering, death, and alienation.
Let’s embrace the darkness together. It is not for the faint of heart!
A big thank you to Project 89 Media for taking a chance on my work, and to Craig Firsdon for his awesome artwork!!!
Own your own piece of darkness!!!
If you are an illustrator, and would be interested in collaborating with James on future projects, drop him an email.
He is also looking for voice talent to read his dark haiku in a future audio chapbook release.
Or send him a message on Facebook.
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In October of 2020, four of Mr. Bryan’ts dark haiku were published by:
Gnashing Teeth Publishing
This small independent publisher was looking for spooky and haunted haiku. But to make it more challenging, they wanted it in audio format!
Take a listen!!!
On all Hallow’s eve:
On all Hallow’s eve
when witches brew and cats mew
they trick and they treat
Whispers like a moan:
Whispers like a moan
full of fear, close to the ear
you are not alone
Dark and stormy night:
Dark and stormy night
howling among the tombstones
digging up my bones
creaking door opens:
creaking door opens
letting in the rot and stench
of those dead bodies
Two of Mr. Bryan’ts dark haiku: Blinded By The Pain and A Crushing Defeat, were recently published in the Literary Parrot Anthology Series One (2021).
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