James Bryants Haiku

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.

Read more about haiku on Wikipedia.

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!

My first dark haiku chapbook in the works!

James’s first dark haiku chapbook: a collection of 25 haiku entitled At Death’s Door Knocking, will be published soon.

Artwork by Craig Firsdon

Let’s Collaborate!

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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Recent Publications

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

DARK HAIKU in the studio!

Read by James Bryant and Mark Pearce

Music provided by O I C Studios

For the Love of God:

For the love of God

end this darkness, I beg you

I’m yours to destroy

My Body, Garbage:

My body, garbage

left in the dumpster, to rot

decomposing waste

My Plight of Darkness:

My plight of darkness

sobs racking me like torture

suicide beckons

Something From Nothing:

Something from nothing

mind is void, heart is empty

a wailing absence

Read by James:

Read by Mark Pearce:

There Is No Shelter:

Hurricane laughter

into the eye of my storm

there is no shelter

Read by James:

Read by Mark Pearce:

Continue To Sob (Read by Mark Pearce):

Continue to sob

you cannot hate the machine

for doing it’s job

This Darkness In Me (Read by Mark Pearce):

This darkness in me

institutions of the heart

tearing me apart

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