Book Review: Coronavirus Haiku by James Weir

The coronavirus pandemic. A time of social distancing. Isolation at home. Ever-climbing numbers of sick and dead. Economic collapse. Job losses. Protests. Incompetent government responses. Uncertainty. Toilet paper shortages. How can we possibly cope with all this bad news?

Why, make fun of it of course!

And what better way to make fun of a world-wide catastrophe than to do it using haiku. Remember haiku? The bane of your public-school English class – a three-line poem of five syllables, then seven syllables, then five syllables. It’s perfect for these times.

Take a break and read this collection of over one hundred verses designed to make you laugh, make you groan, and sometimes even say WTF?

Remember, this collection uses profanity, and revels in it’s use of immature themes. It may not be the best choice for the kids to read, but your dirty grandma will love it.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I haven’t read a lot of haiku because it usually seems forced. James Weir’s Coronavirus Haiku doesn’t feel that way to me. It’s contemporary, often political, and frequently humorous.

A couple of examples:

Sickly coughing bat
Gets revenge at the market
Pandemic panic

Quarantine fifteen
“Did you put on some weight honey?”
Sleeping in the car

If you’re looking for something to lighten your mood in these crazy times, Coronavirus Haiku will do exactly that.

About the Author

When he’s not busy being a poet (and we use the term poet very loosely here), James Weir is a small animal veterinarian. In addition to clinical practice, he holds graduate degrees in pathology and in public health. He has also worked as a stand-up comedian. He has been published before, but mostly boring science crap. He has four works of funny haikus listed on Amazon, and is currently writing a book of funny stories from his 30 years in veterinary practice.

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