"This Urge to Remain in Lake Superior, Forever" by Kathleen
At Edisen Fishery, we find racks for drying nets that no longer get wet,
a dory split open along the keel like a gutted herring, upended in sun,
and cork floats no longer flung at dawn, with prayers for safe return, over water.
Old boathouses dot the craggy shorelines, sagging in the middle,
broken by snow or cedars, toppling in slow motion to meet their reflections.
They know in their waterlogged bones where they'll retire: deep water.
- Read Kathleen's entire poem
About the Artist
Kathleen M. Heideman was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from August 12th to September 3rd, 2008. She is a writer, artist and environmentalist working in Michigan’s wild Upper Peninsula. Her newest collection of poetry is Psalms of the Early Anthropocene (Winter Cabin Books, 2017); previous chapbooks include Explaining Pictures To A Dead Hare, She Used To Have Some Cows, and Time Upon Once, a book arts collaboration with Phebe Hanson and Rebecca Alm.
Last updated: January 15, 2020