To construct the Ashokan Reservoir, which the Poetry Barn borders, four hamlets were demolished and eight moved, some 2,000 people were forced out to flood the valley, and some 2,000 graves disinterred.
Residents thus experienced the loss of their homes as well as their communities and the cornerstones of their society: churches, schools, shops, and railroad stations.
Though resentments still simmer today, most locals now appreciate the reservoir for its beauty and the opportunity (though well-regulated by DEP officials) to recreate in and around its basin.
After learning more about its history, we'll read and write poems of place, landscape, the water crisis, ruins, and ghosts.
$30 / includes mid-day break & refreshment
Limited to 8
12:00-1:30: Introductions, readings, discussion
1:30-3:00: Lunch & free writing time
Teaching artist: Lissa Kiernan