Poet Lawson Fusao Inada, at the age of four, was interned with his family in Colorado. He has written the experience into his poems.
The National Park Service, Tule Lake, CA. Has some information and a PDF of poems from Inada's book, Legends from Camp.
The following is a poem that appeared in World Literature Today, November 2014.
To This Day
Have you ever wondered
whatever happened to all the
barbed wire that defined
and confined the so-called
camp at Tule Lake?
That’s a good question
we have a right to ask
as ordinary tax-paying citizens:
to all that barbed wire?"
When you think about it,
the very idea of fencing such an expense of land
was a daunting challenge
for all those concerned
because it wasn’t easy
to coordinate "back East" planning
with "out West" implementation,
along with the manufacture
and transportation of materials
from all points in between.
And it was also
an innovative undertaking,
a historical precedent,
because this fence was to confine,
not cattle or criminals,
but residents of the American West,
who, in the western tradition,
were to be "rounded up,"
and "herded" into fenced areas--
Tule Lake being but one such place.
Read the rest here.
Here's a PBS video about the Granada Relocation Center, also known as Amache, in Colorado.
At Mainely Write, you're be greeted by Donna who is hosting the Round-Up and holding a between-times celebration.