April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing memory and desire, stirring dull roots with spring rain.
–T.S. Eliot. The Waste Land, 1922.
Cruel April is a poetry series that takes place every Thursday in April at 6pm, followed by a reception and dialogue with the poets, in commemoration of National Poetry Month. All poets are published in the newest volume of Corresponding Voices, a poetry collection published by Point of Contact that brings poets from different backgrounds together in a dialogue. Events are free and open to the public.
Cruel April is a program of Punto de Contacto – Point of Contact supported by The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University, The Coalition of Museums and Art Centers at Syracuse University, the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics at Syracuse University, the New York State Council on the Arts, and in part, by a Project Support Grant through the County of Onondaga and administered by CNY Arts. Since 2014 Point of Contact has collaborated with the YMCA’s Downtown Writer’s Center and the Transmedia Department at Syracuse University and Th3 (The Third Thursday) to present Cruel April programs.