Hello, all, and welcome back for the fifth day of NaPoWriMo (and GloPoWriMo!) 2016. Apologies for the late posting — I had the post all set to go for midnight . . . on the wrong day. At any rate, even if I haven’t quite gotten the hang of timely posting, I hope you’ve started to get into a groove with your writing practice. If not, be patient! Neither Rome nor poets were built in a day.

Today’s featured participant is “this. and other poems,” with a rhyming November-themed haiku. November here seems both cruel and kind, with its sense of a fine balance between cold and light.

Our poet in translation for today is China’s Jiang Hao. Born in 1972, Jiang Hao is known for both the experimental nature of his work, and his incorporation of classical Chinese themes and forms. At the link above, you’ll find English translations of six of his poems, and his work also appears in the anthology New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry 1990-2012, available from Tupelo Press.

And now, our (optional, as always) daily prompt! April is a time for planting things (at least where I am, in Washington DC – you may still be waiting for spring, or well into some other season!) At any rate, I’ve recently been paging through seed catalogs, many of which feature “heirloom” seeds with fabulous names. Consider the “Old Ivory Egg” tomato, the “Ozark Razorback” or “Fast Lady” cow-pea, “Neal’s Paymaster” dent corn, or the “Tongues of Fire” bush bean. Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. To help you out, here are links to the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Baker Creek Seed Company. Also, here’s a hint – tomatoes seem to be prime territory for elaborate names. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find something to plant in your garden! Happy writing!

 

89 Responses to Day Five

  1. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day 5: “Heirloom Veggie Inspirations” […]

  2. […] wondering what’s going on here, this month I’m writing short poems combining NaPoWriMo and CampNaNo while I’m trying to finish a novel. The last few days, the poems were closely […]

  3. […] Prompt:  I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these gard… […]

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  5. Pat R says:

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/d-is-for-darkness/

    This is my off prompt entry for today. If I get a moment to sit still long enough today I might put pen to the prompt. You’re right, interesting names:)

  6. […] inspiration for today’s NaPoWriMo poem was plucked from an heirloom tomato aptly named “Striped Roman”. I decided to play […]

  7. […] You can find all about NaPoWriMo and the prompts I’m following (sometimes) this month HERE. […]

  8. Kiana Donae says:

    Off prompt today to bring light to Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    https://poetkianadonaeblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/day-5-napowrimo-2016/

  9. […] Day 5 of NapoWrimo brings back memories of long summer days mowing grass as a teenager.  I remember mowing the lawn of a nearby widow, Mrs. Phillips.  She paid best of all – only a few dollars, but the ultimate reward was the juicy tomato sandwich she gave me from her garden when I finished! […]

  10. […] From today’s heirloom prompt. […]

  11. Gene says:

    Ah, the memories that wonderful tomato garden brings back. This is a perfect theme that has me yearning to plant some seeds!

    https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/heirloom-oasis/

  12. […] challenge via NaPoWriMo Website is to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its […]

  13. […] NaPoWriMo prompt is another one that I kind of groaned inside when I read it. Seeds? Few things incite more boredom […]

  14. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – April is a time for planting things (at least where I am, in Washington DC – you may still be waiting for spring, or well into some other season!) At any rate, I’ve recently been paging through seed catalogs, many of which feature “heirloom” seeds with fabulous names. Consider the “Old Ivory Egg” tomato, the “Ozark Razorback” or “Fast Lady” cow-pea, “Neal’s Paymaster” dent corn, or the “Tongues of Fire” bush bean. Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. To help you out, here are links to the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Baker Creek Seed Company. Also, here’s a hint – tomatoes seem to be prime territory for elaborate names. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find something to plant in your garden! Happy writing! […]

  15. Argh! Seed catalogs. Not exactly how I wanted to start the day, but I figured something out.

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/national-poetry-writing-month-2016-day-5/

  16. Bryan Ens says:

    We’ve been growing rattlesnake beans in our back yard for the last 2 summers. https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/napowrimo-day-5-trellis/

  17. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Heirloom Seed Names prompt” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Road Signs prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Villanelle challenge” Mary Carroll-Hackett’s “Singing Place prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Experienced/Inexperienced poems prompt” Adele Kenny’s “Sound(s) prompt” 30dpc’s “Triolet Failures prompt” Apparatus Mag’s “Vices prompt” Poetry School’s “Instagram prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “10 Lines prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “Hairbrushing Memory/Ode to Hair prompt” Kate Foley’s “Guilty Pride prompt” Found Poetry’s “Replicate the Movement of a Song prompt” Lagan Press’ “Mind Connections prompt” […]

  18. […] Day 5, NaPoWriMo 2016 […]

  19. This was a fun prompt!! I chose after scouring the names, the Mountain Princess!

    https://writersdream9.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/aloftloop-poetry/

  20. Here is my contribution for todays prompt :-)

    I am in Australia, so for me it is the end of the summer harvest season, and harvest I have been doing! With lots of preserving and pickling :-)

    (is there a specific hashtag for these prompts?)

    https://apoemandadrawingaday.wordpress.com/2016/04/06/sexy-tomatoes/

  21. Bastet says:

    Lovely prompt … I admit, I’ve already written my post … today on my Blogger Account: “Bastet’s Waka Library” – a haiga and a tanka:

    http://bastetswakalibrary.blogspot.it/2016/04/morning-haiku-and-waka-napowrimo-april.html

  22. Kristel Rose says:

    I just want to share my work. I made the Barako, a local heirloom variety of coffee grown in Batangas Philippines, as my inspiration today.

    https://kristelrose.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/napowrimo-2016-entry-5/

    I would be very happy to hear your thoughts on this!

  23. Vijaya says:

    Good morning!
    Here’s a poem I wrote just now (about streets, homelessness, time and dreaming), and am submitting simultaneously to The Daily Post and to NaPoWriMo:

    http://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/05/street-dream-a-sonnet-of-sorts/

  24. Was gonna go off-prompt today…..but there were some pretty interesting seed names. And one of the names sounded fitting for a story idea I had, so why not start figuring it out in a poem?

    http://aznseddie.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-day-5-heirloom-seeds-mountain.html

  25. […] Today’s prompt: a poem involving en elaborate plant name. “Long Island Mammoth Dill” immediately got stuck in my head. […]

  26. […] prompt was to write a poem inspired by the name of an heirloom seed. I found a type of eggplant called […]

  27. Mar Claudrin says:

    Thanks for this prompt, I ended up having a bit of happy silliness with it :)

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-girl-who-sneezed-orchard.html

  28. […] Day Five of the National/Global Poetry Writing Month challenge for 2016 – to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. […]

  29. I was laughing at myself this morning on the way to work, because I have a new suitcase that should arrive today.

    Checklist

    “…Watch the videos, google everything.
    Stick flags into the books, for those must-sees…”

  30. […] at Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie for the Photo Challenge #107, and it will be my NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 5 offering as well. I hope you […]

  31. […] Day 5 of National Poetry Writing Month, the napowrimo.net prompt is to spend some time taking a look at the wacky names of heirloom plants or vegetables. In […]

  32. Here is my day 5 prompt. It is short and sweet and I love to eat. https://theproductpoet.com/day-5-napowrimo-seed-another-name/.

    Happy writing.

  33. […] Day Five on GloPoWriMo: April 4th […]

  34. David Ellis says:

    I went with the heirloom seeds prompt and for some reason had Scarlett O’Hara on my mind and thought it would be neat to include her too with a twist :D

    http://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/05/napowrimo-day-5-heir-today-gone-with-the-wind-tomorrow-by-david-ellis/

  35. […] (happily it’s getting there but so so much slower than I thought it would). Today’s poetry prompt was on heirloom seeds, so my inspiration is Rochdale Rotary Club’s Urban Farm project from […]

  36. Vijaya says:

    Well, I attempted my heirloom seeds poem (coincidentally, I just planted many of my tomato seeds in the seedling germinater). Here’s my attempt:

    http://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/05/vegetable-sacrifice/

  37. inktuition says:

    My contribution today pretty much sums up my attitude to plants and gardening. Less a rarity and more a monstrosity: https://inktuition.net/2016/04/05/my-gruelling-garden/

  38. I was laughing at myself this morning on the way to work, because I have a new suitcase that should arrive today. (this time I’m trying for a working link)

    Checklist

    “…Watch the videos, google everything.
    Stick flags into the books, for those must-sees…”

  39. I had no time for gardening on this gorgeous spring day, so I was happy to dream about gardening through your lovely prompt. And I had the chance to discover an incredible range of British websites devoted to “heritage” (i.e. “heirloom”) plants.
    Here is my poem for the day then:
    http://massimosoranzio.tumblr.com/post/142314884319/napowrimo-day-5-time-for-gardening

  40. […] for NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 5 and dVerse Pub for Poets where Bjorn suggests we use the idea of railroad/trains for a poem today. […]

  41. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for day 5 was to draw insipiration from the names of heirloom plants. It is of course the perfect time of […]

  42. This was fun. I actually incorporated three flower names, though I find the result a little silly: http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2016/04/love-lies-bleeding.html

  43. […] http://www.napowrimo.net/day-five-3/  Here’s Maureen, to tell you about today’s optional prompt: […]

  44. J Luukkonen says:

    At first I thought, “Nope. Not into this prompt at all.” Then I said, “Eh, why not?” So I tried.

    “Sweet Potato”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/142329203127/sweet-potato

  45. […] was an interesting NaPoWriMo prompt to me and it shows that poets can create poems from anything. I wrote a poem about an heirloom […]

  46. Jennifer says:

    I used the seed prompt and ended up with a villanelle that’s straight up ridiculous.

    https://silvarp.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/sweet-pea-and-the-black-knight/

  47. […]  Did not follow Day 5  NaPoWriMo 2016 , instead wrote few […]

  48. I did get my Day 5 poem written and posted…I forgot to post it here though, so here it is! http://lylannemusselman.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/napowrimo-5-heirloom-seeds/

  49. […] National Poetry Month NaPoWriMo Day 5 The Cruelest Month […]

  50. […] Day 5: Today, I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities. To help you out, here are links to theSouthern Exposure Seed Exchange and the Baker Creek Seed Company. Also, here’s a hint – tomatoes seem to be prime territory for elaborate names. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find something to plant in your garden! Happy writing! […]

  51. […] #NaPoWriMo–Day 5–Prompt: Heirloom Plants […]

  52. I chose Heirloom Roses and wrote a Haiku–http://leonaslines.com/2016/04/05/heirloom-roses/

  53. Kat Shamash says:

    Basil: the simple leaf.
    Sprinkled everywhere,
    and common as the sea.

    http://shamash.typepad.com/shamash/2016/04/basil.html

  54. […] diamante written for Day 5 of NaPoWriMo and D-Day of Blogging from A to Z […]

  55. […] In response to Daily Post: Clarity and Napowrimo Day 5. […]

  56. Ooops… Since I can’t find my link above, it seems not to have worked. Here is my day five poem: http://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/04/05/aunt-lous-underground-railroad-tomato/

  57. […] from NaPoWriMo (use the name of an heirloom seed variety and Poetic Asides […]

  58. […] for NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 5 and dVerse Pub for Poets where Bjorn suggests we use the idea of railroad/trains for a poem today. […]

  59. […] Written for both Writer’s Quote Wednesday with the prompt of Survival and Day 5 of NaPoWriMo. […]

  60. Destiny says:

    I was intrigued when I saw the white carrots and the first line came into my head.

    http://www.destinytwilliams.com/?p=842

  61. […] Today’s poem prompt. […]

  62. Meena Rose says:

    SERIOUSLY, thank you so much for this prompt!

    Abu Rawan
    By: Meena Rose

    Who knew? I mean, who really knew?
    My favorite fleshy sink my teeth
    Into Heaven and beyond feel bliss
    In the now complete taste overload
    kind of tomato and I
    Share a common birthplace and time.

    Hardy and prolific, an unavoidable outcome,
    Yet sweet and lush and generous;
    Yours is a story that matches that of your
    People – a beautiful resilience that glows
    From within.

    http://2voices1song.com/2016/04/07/aprpad-day-5-heirlooms-experience-and-lack-thereof/

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