Isle Royale Reflection
"For weeks afterward, I fell asleep to breakers crashing in the cove below, to the faint human sounds of tour boats slipping across the mouth of Tobin Harbor. I had dreaded re-entry, and I had been right to dread it: traffic proved to be the assault it is, an assault we’ve accommodated our treacherously adaptable selves to; city sounds, even in my quiet town, rocketed through my skull like grenades. I moved from front bedroom to back, the better to hear those island sounds when I sought sleep. I can hear them still, almost a year later, near dawn, when Duluth has quieted.
About the Artist*
Jan Zita Grover was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from August 28th to September 12th, 1998. She was born and educated in Northern California, then worked for years as an AIDS worker in San Francisco. She has lived in Minnesota since 1991. “Like so many other residents of economically depressed northeastern Minnesota,” she says, “I piece together my living from a variety of part-time, self-generated jobs: pet sitting, book editing, and freelance writing.”
Last updated: December 13, 2019