Nieuw Pfalz, Book 2

Water Rights

By David Appelbaum

Subjects: Poetry, New York/regional
Imprint: Distribution Partners
Paperback : 9781930337190, 60 pages, August 2010

Book 2 of an epic poem on the history and people of the town of New Paltz, New York.


Nieuw Pfalz is a epic poem in several volumes. It tells the story, the history, of the place that the town of New Paltz, New York, occupies: the primal forces that compose it, the native peoples and their conquerors, as well as historical and fabulous figures.

Book 2, "Water Rights" concerns the construction of the New York City aqueduct, as it travels through New Paltz, during the unsettled era of the opening of the twentieth century. A well digger, Willie Clearwater, stands at stage-center.