Posted by: Reena Ramos

  • 10/13/2017

Add to this poem | Wing Haven. Year Zero of 200.

Earlier this year, ACRES Land Trust kicked off our 200-year Ecological Reflections art and science initiative, curating works on Wing Haven, an ACRES preserve north of Angola. The initiative will commission and share two centuries of work by artists and scientists investigating and reflecting on Wing Haven over time.

“It’s hard for most of us to visualize what forever means,” says Jason Kissel, ACRES’ executive director. “This ‘short-term’ project of 200 years reinforces ACRES’ commitment to forever, gets you thinking about time differently, and demonstrates how ACRES views land-changes over two centuries.”

For this inaugural year, ACRES commissioned Indiana Humanities scholar, Kevin McKelvey, Associate Professor at University of Indianapolis to create a participatory poem. McKelvey weaved together a number of observations and notes from Wing Haven over the years into a long poem -a collage of many voices.

Will you contribute? You can help capture and commemorate the beginning of 200-year Ecological Reflection in 2017.

Read the poem, then share your input in the online survey embedded below. The survey will close Monday, October 30.

You can submit your experiences, details, history, ecology, ornithology, beauty, awe, art. Don’t worry about rhyming. McKelvey will add your contributions at the corresponding all-caps words in the poem, attributing them to you. Your contributions, with those of others, will join together, creating one continuous poem that will be printed on scroll paper.

2017: Year Zero of Two Hundred at Wing Haven
by Kevin McKelvey

Many thanks – and happy trails!