Edited by Lester Smith, Vampyr Verse contains 79 poems and a short story. Contributors in addition to Elissa Malcohn include Elizabeth Barrette, Joyce Becker Lee, Jeannie Bergmann, Robert Borski, Sue Burke, Jamie Chambers, Denis M. Garrison, Kat Heckenbach, J. Robert King, David C. Kopaska-Merkel, Michael Kriesel, Patrick T. Randolph, Marge Simon, and Noel Sloboda.
Come spend the night with twice thirteen vampyr poets. Let their verses tickle your ribs, penetrate your heart, and even leave you bleeding. All they ask in return is a little immortality. Vampyr Verse contains 79 poems, plus a short story, all devoted to that mysterious figure-the vampyr! These selections run the gamut from pensive haiku to whimsical limericks to deadly serious free verse, and everything between. At 86 pages, the book makes an excellent gift for anyone aged 13 or older.
Excerpt from Elissa's poem "Neighbors"
Her daughter trails a mess along the floor,
red sticky lines upon linoleum,
her shampooed carpet darkening with blood.
The latest playmate, dragged through open door,
drops lifeless while the TV blares: a dumb
and shattered doll, her sneakers caked in mud.
"How many times have I told you to feed
at Stacy's house on cleaning day?" That girl
is asking for the belt. "And wash your clothes!"
No parent class addressed vampiric need,
her kinfolk all but banished from the world
to pale suburban tracts that no one knows --