Welcome back, everyone! It’s the fourth day of NaPoWriMo 2016, and the first Monday. I hope you’ve had your coffee!

Before I introduce our featured participant for the day, I wanted to point out a couple of resources and opportunities. First, at the NPM Daily blog, you’ll find a new interview with a poet each day during April. Second, in addition to writing poems for NaPoWriMo, maybe you’d be interested in making a guerrilla poetry video!

Our featured participant today is Ileea, who is participating in NaPoWriMo from Sweden! Her poem for Day 3 is a fan letter to the author Donna Tartt. My Swedish is pretty rusty (well, actually, it’s nonexistent), but with the help of Google, I’ve discovered lines in Ileea’s poem that would be wonderful in any language, like “It took eleven pages for me to love you,” and “Beauty is fear.”

Today’s featured poet in translation is Vietnam’s Nguyen Do. Known for the musicality of his work, Nguyen considers his poems “somber,” but not necessarily “sad.” Cerise Press has made available dual-language versions of several of his poems – see here, here, here, and here. Nguyen is also heavily involved in translating other Vietnamese poets’ work into English, working with Paul Hoover to produce an English-language version of the selected poems of Nguyen Trai, and an anthology of contemporary Vietnamese poetry, Black Dog, Black Night.

And now, for our (optional) prompt. In his poem “The Waste Land,” T.S. Eliot famously declared that “April is the cruelest month.” But is it? I’d have thought February. Today I challenge you to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and why. Perhaps it’s September, because kids have to go back to school. Or January, because the holidays are over and now you’re up to your neck in snow. Or maybe it’s a month most people wouldn’t think of (like April), but which you think of because of something that’s happened in your life. Happy (or, if not happy, not-too-cruel) writing!

 

117 Responses to Day Four

  1. […] rhyme and meter). Hope it makes sense, and if I do have a chance I will also write to prompt for day 4 later (since I liked the […]

  2. […] 55 to the cruelest month prompt at Day 4 of NaPoWriMo […]

  3. September, certainly it is September.

    I am seriously liking these poets in translation, by the way.

  4. […] Day 4 of NaPoWriMo calls for a poem about the cruelest month. […]

  5. Gene says:

    How can it be anything but December?

    But while we differ on months, I agree with Thomas about the poets in translation. Those reads are fantastic. Keep up the great work!

  6. […] For: fourth day of NaPoWriMo 2016 […]

  7. Ileea says:

    What an honour and pleasant surprise to be today’s featured participant! Thank you so very much for the kind words. Just one clarification – I write in Swedish, but I am actually Finnish (belonging to the Swedish speaking minority in Finland). Happy writing everyone!

  8. […] In response to Daily Post: Clarity and Napowrimo Day 4. […]

  9. Funny – I responded to this prompt on Day 1! But I will try and consider a different month today.
    May I point out it’s The Waste Land, though for some mysterious reason it’s often mentioned as one word?

  10. […] Day 4: In his poem “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot famously declared that “April is the cruelest month.” But is it? I’d have thought February. Today I challenge you to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and why. Perhaps it’s September, because kids have to go back to school. Or January, because the holidays are over and now you’re up to your neck in snow. Or maybe it’s a month most people wouldn’t think of (like April), but which you think of because of something that’s happened in your life. Happy (or, if not happy, not-too-cruel) writing! […]

  11. […] http://www.napowrimo.net/day-four-4/   Here we go, troops, Day 4—and now, Maureen’s optional prompt: […]

  12. […] NaPoWriMo Day 4, Which is the cruelest month? […]

  13. Uh-oh! I’m the only hating July! Yep, the poets in translation are cool.

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-2016-4th-day.html

  14. Pat R says:

    Here is something for day four
    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/c-is-for-cricket/

    I may even be able to to something with the prompt today, “cruelest month”. :)

  15. Pat R says:

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/september-song/
    A response to the prompt. The brain cells are at it this morning:)

  16. Kristel Rose says:

    Just sharing my work! I can’t think of any month that I can say as the cruelest, well for me. I just came up with the idea of making my most favorite month, December, the cruelest, but from the perspective of a child.

    https://kristelrose.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/napowrimo-2016-entry-4/

  17. Veronica says:

    Speaking about Vietnam, my youngest read Inside Out & Back Again
    Novel by Thanhha Lai. A story about the fall of Saigon and a family’s move to the US told in poems.

  18. […] Prompt: In his poem “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot famously declared that “April is the cruelest month.” But is it? I’d have thought February. Today I challenge you to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and… […]

  19. […] the NaPoWriMo Day 4 prompt–write about the month you think is the […]

  20. Grace says:

    A little humor today :P Loved this prompt. Charlene, you’re not the only one haha!

    https://pensandcastlesonacloud.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/napowrimo-4-the-cruelty-of-july/

  21. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – In his poem “The Wasteland,” T.S. Eliot famously declared that “April is the cruelest month.” But is it? I’d have thought February. Today I challenge you to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and why. Perhaps it’s September, because kids have to go back to school. Or January, because the holidays are over and now you’re up to your neck in snow. Or maybe it’s a month most people wouldn’t think of (like April), but which you think of because of something that’s happened in your life. Happy (or, if not happy, not-too-cruel) writing! […]

  22. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Cruelest Month prompt” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Ode to Indulgences prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Nature Poems prompt” Mary Carroll-Hackett’s “What We Love prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Distance poems prompt” Adele Kenny’s “Peace of Mind prompt” 30dpc’s “Risks/Rewards prompt” Apparatus Mag’s “Passion prompt” Poetry School’s “Instagram prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Younger Self prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “Never Seen Such a Sky prompt” Kate Foley’s “Places/People You Used to Know prompt” Found Poetry’s “WordBlocks prompt” Tweetspeakpoetry’s “Pirate’s Life prompt” […]

  23. Courtney says:

    That’s so funny because the blog my friend set up for a group of us to do NaPoWriMo on is named “april the cruelest month” after that poem!

  24. […] poem is for Day 4 of National Poetry Writing Month. The napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem about what I thought was the cruelest month of all, which this prompt is […]

  25. Vijaya says:

    Hi!

    Here’s what I wrote for today’s prompt! Thanks for reading!

    http://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/04/rebirth-a-hopeful-sort-of-poem/

  26. […] off the official NaPoWriMo prompt of the […]

  27. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day 4: “The Cruelest Month” […]

  28. Enjoyed this because there is one month where everything seems to happen for me! Here’s my contribution:

    https://writersdream9.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/foundkyrielle/

  29. […] NaPoWriMo prompt is to write a poem about the cruelest […]

  30. […] Today’s National Poetry Writing Month challenge was Today to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruellest month, and why. […]

  31. […] Today’s prompt: write about the cruelest month. Erh. Okay, no idea where this is gonna end up… […]

  32. April is the cruelest month, to launch us down this path
    of remembered cruelty and pain and loss and wrath!

    http://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/04/04/september-is-the-cruelest-month-napowrimo-2016-day-4/

  33. […] Based on the prompt here. […]

  34. I’d Like To Thank The Weather

    for all the good NaPoWriMo ideas!

    “…not sleeping exactly, under the snow,
    more like hiding from the mysterious,
    the fickleness of spring in New England…”

  35. […] the porch appalled at this cruel April snow! Written as a quadrille (44 words) for dVerse and for NaPoWriMo Day 4‘s prompt to write about the cruelest […]

  36. […] I saw today’s (optional) prompt on NaPoWriMo 2016– Day Four (the cruelest month), I knew I had to write this – and pair it with this particular photo (which I found on […]

  37. CC Champagne says:

    I actually wrote two poems today, and both might have pinged this post, but I would like to offer this one up as my ‘official’ entry as I believe it deals with an important topic – and I’m self centred enough to kind of like what I produced. ;)

    https://ccchampagne.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/the-cruelest-month/

  38. […] cruelest months, I find, are the most beautiful. NaPoWriMo day […]

  39. […] the dVerse Poets Pub word prompt from Victoria and offers my thoughts on the cruelest month for the NaPoWriMo […]

  40. NOVEMBER, BLEAK AND SAD

    Darker each day, you plod towards Solstice
    bringing cold, rain, slippery roads,
    cancelled flights and Christmas looming,
    the realization that once again I’m not going to make
    those thoughtful lovely homemade gifts
    I dreamed up in July. November, why?
    Why do more of my friends and family die/
    have funerals when you show up?
    At least you’re short, though even February
    has you beat — few as they are, its days get longer.
    Just when I want to hibernate
    you shake out a list of things
    that must be put off no longer:
    winter tires, Christmas baking,
    and the abominable annual seasonal letter
    my mother still refers to as the Christmas Crap Sheet
    (although she did let me write hers last year),
    requests for books to be made (for someone else),
    and the mice move back inside.
    November, get a grip!
    Go south for a bit, get a tan,
    learn to drink tequila straight,
    come home late from dancing.

  41. Had to wait to post to see if I could fit the dVerse Poets Pub prompt, too. Here’s my quadrille that meets both prompts.

    https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/i-never-said-goodbye/

  42. David Ellis says:

    I wrote a poem taking inspiration from an alternative prompt from The Daily Post over at the WordPress vaults about ‘Clarity':-

    http://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/04/napowrimo-day-4-the-truth-in-the-triviality-by-david-ellis/

  43. I couldn’t write to the prompt, but I wanted to write promptly, so I offer http://ihatepoetry.blogspot.com/2016/04/i-almost-walked-away.html. Love, Mosk

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

  45. Vince Gotera says:

    Finally got one done early enough to share. Merging the “cruelest month” prompt with Robert Lee Brewer’s “distance” prompt in the Poem-a-Day project in his Poetic Asides blog.

    Long Distance Relationship

            —for Kathy

    April is the cruelest month. But not just April.
    How about September, October, November,
    and also January, February — in short almost all

    the months that we have school. Not December
    ’cause there’s always the possibility that if
    our gift-shopping budgets will flex a bit for

    plane fare, I can sky to you. That’s a big if
    though. And not always a given. March can
    be less cruel. Some of our students fly off

    to Orlando or Daytona Beach. Our Cancun
    is your living room, with spring snow in NY,
    answering committee emails and grading

    student papers. Ah, but May, June, July,
    August . . . lemonade and light, you and I.

    . . . . . . . .

    Friends, won’t you come over to my blog? I’m posting my own April poems along with some of my poetry students and my poet buddy Thomas Alan Holmes. http://vincegotera.blogspot.com Happy poeming, everyone!

     

  46. […] official NaPoWriMo prompt for today is to “write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and […]

  47. […] poem for today, following another poetry prompt that riffs on T.S. Eliot’s  ‘The Waste Land’.  I’m trying to budget my […]

  48. David Ellis says:

    I used an alternative prompt over at The Daily Post by WordPress about ‘Clarity’ –

    http://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/04/napowrimo-day-4-the-truth-in-the-triviality-by-david-ellis/

  49. […] prompt was to write about the cruellest month. I struggled with this and time constraints, but have a short […]

  50. […] #NaPoWriMo–Day 4–Prompt: “The Cruelest Month” […]

  51. My choice for the “cruelest month” was January–read my Etheree poem Here:http://leonaslines.com/2016/04/04/january/

  52. […] .. NaPoWriMo, day 4.  […]

  53. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to describe “the cruelest month.” While I wouldn’t go as far as cruel, I applied […]

  54. […] Today’s prompt for NaPoWriMo Day 4 asked us to write about the cruelest month.  At first I was stumped because I […]

  55. Here’s mine finally…it was a toss-up of many months, but I finally settled on December! http://lylannemusselman.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/napowrimo-4-cruelest-month/

  56. Jennifer says:

    I combined the cruelest month prompt with another one encouraging you to write to your younger self.

    https://silvarp.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/royal/

  57. It’s the end of August, that’s when winter really starts (and that’s why my blog is called Summer Blues): http://natasa-summerblues.blogspot.rs/2016/04/august.html

  58. […] Day 4  NaPoWriMo 2016 prompt was to write about which is the cruelest month and why.  I got the inspiration from a much […]

  59. Sagar Mehta says:

    I’m surprised no one picked March – damn the taxman!

    Here’s my take:
    http://almostapoet.com/march

  60. Vijaya says:

    What I wrote post-midnight on the night of April 4th / wee hours of April 5th:

    http://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/05/colored-me/

  61. Meena Rose says:

    The Ides of Winter
    By: Meena Rose

    Some beware the ides of March
    While others proclaim that April
    Is the cruelest of months.

    For me, it is the false spring
    Which tricks nature into bloom
    Two months too soon.

    http://2voices1song.com/2016/04/04/aprpad-day-4-monday-unravelled/

  62. […] National Poetry Month NaPoWriMo Day 4 The Cruelest Month […]

  63. Allie says:

    This is my first year doing NaPoWriMo. I am loving it so far. I chose to write about January. January by far is the cruelest month! [= https://abm97.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/4-napowrimo-january/

  64. Tournesol says:

    This is interesting…although April is disappointing thus far with the cold…had to choose another month that was cruel https://cheryllynnroberts.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/mother-natures-scorn-haibun-day-4-napowrimo/

  65. Angela says:

    No day 5 prompt yet? Getting late for us Brits to start thinking of today’s poem!

  66. Grace Black says:

    I’m a day late on this one… But I’m still here. :) http://graceblackwrites.com/2016/04/05/february/

  67. […] by Swirls 71. Written as a quadrille (44 words) for dVerse using the word “shimmer” and forNaPoWriMo Day 4‘s prompt to write about the cruelest […]

  68. […] Day 4 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt: Write a poem about the cruelest month. […]

  69. Off prompt and belated (yesterday was a rough day) but here is day 4’s poem “Unknown” http://dreamwriters.dreamwidth.org/33451.html

  70. I’m late on this, but here is my poem for Day 4. January is my cruelest month.

    http://writer-without-words.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/january-blues.html

  71. […] Inspired by the prompt for Day 4 – NaPoWriMo.net […]

  72. […] from NaPoWriMo (Which month is the cruelest?), Poetic Asides (distance), and Imaginary Garden with Real Toads […]

  73. Destiny says:

    I don’t so much have a cruel month as a cruel season XD

    http://www.destinytwilliams.com/?p=839

    Sorry, I’m late. Sleep overtook me! I usually write in the nighttime.

  74. […] Today’s poem prompt. […]

  75. […] prompt from NaPoWriMo.net (“Today I challenge you to write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest […]

  76. […] Day 4 prompt: The worst month […]

  77. […] have an unusual prompt for NaPoWriMo today. The idea is to write a poem (in any form) about what we consider to be the cruellest month. […]

  78. […] dikten till och om min syster, Systra mi, och siardikten Spådom. En dag blev jag upplyft på NaPoWriMo:s hemsida som dagens deltagare. Det var alldeles fantastiskt. Jag fick uppmuntrande kommentarer och komplimanger och nya läsare. […]

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