6 Cute and/or Funny Haiku Books You Want to Buy

work is a circus
I trapeze without a net
surrounded by clowns

               –Edie Montgomery-Pool

I love haiku, especially when it has a funny or quirky angle.  If you’re feeling the love for haiku, too, here is a list of books that might interest you.  (These would also make great gifts for that person you know well enough to feel obligated to buy a present, but don’t know quite well enough to figure out what the heck they’d want.)


Do You Like Murder Mysteries, Quirky Novels, or Bigtime Gayness?

I’ve been looking around at various publishing sites because I’ve decided I want to publish a book of funny haikus I’ve written.  Keep in mind, I have no freakin’ idea how to go about getting a book published beyond looking at various publisher sites, but the Success Book I’m reading says the first step in getting what you want is deciding what you want, so I’ve decided that’s what I want.

Anyway, in my research, I’ve come across some interesting-looking books that I thought I’d share with you.  These three are published by Broadway Books, a publisher that looks like it welcomes authors who lean toward the quirky (raises hand).

1) Dead Ex, by Harley Jane Kozak:  “Holy Hollywood! In actor-turned-author Kozak’s witty third crime caper (after 2005’s Dating Is Murder), wild Wollie Shelley must solve the cold-blooded murder of terminally ill David Zetrakis, producer of the popular TV soap At the End of the Day. Tall, unarmed and sometimes very dangerous if provoked, Wollie’s an underemployed greeting card artist who starts moonlighting as the dating correspondent for the talk show SoapDirt.”  Visit Harley Jane Kozak’s website here.

2) Something Missing, by Matthew Dicks:  “You’ve never met a thief like Martin, who will steal your heart—along with your laundry detergent, and other household necessities. A gentle oddball with an obsessive-compulsive nature, Martin has chosen an unusual occupation: he is a professional pilferer. Year after year, he has quietly stolen a cache of items from his select roster of “clients” without their ever noticing.”  Visit Matthew Dicks’ blog here.

3) Swish: My Quest to Become the Gayest Person Ever and What Ended Up Happening Instead, by Joel Derfner:  “Joel Derfner is a knitter, an aerobics instructor, a cheerleader, a go-go dancer, and a musical theater composer, but when he realizes one day that he’s a walking gay cliché he embarks on a quest for deeper meaning. A very funny quest for deeper meaning.”  Visit Joel Derfner’s website here.  Derfner is also the author of Gay Haiku (I have this book – it rocks!).