This placed-based interactive poetry project, by Ana Silva in collaboration with the community, was inspired by Vera Sickler’s book, History of the Town of Olive. Copies of Sickler’s book are available for check out at the library. The complete couplet collection can be seen here, or by clicking the below images.
“When I read Vera Sickler’s History of the Town of Olive (1823 – 1973) I was intrigued not only by the history she shares, but also by the colorful, everyday, descriptive language she uses. I selected fragments of her text that evoke past times of Olive in visceral and straightforward ways, and invited Olive residents to answer these lines with their own poetic phrasings. Olive Couplets brings together our past with our present, deepening our sense of place.”
Ana C. Silva lives in NYC and Olive, NY. Her poetry has been published in Podium, Mom Egg Review, the nth position, Snow Monkey, Anemone Sidecar, Chronogram, and Stepaway Magazine. She won the inaugural Rachel Wetzsteon Memorial Poetry Prize at the 92nd St. Y Unterberg Poetry Center.