|Cover art by Ron Fraker, U-M Press|
Edited by John Knott, professor of English, and environmental writer and activist Keith Taylor, The Huron River: Voices from the Watershed presents visions and voices of the rivers past, present and its future. The Huron has maintained its present course for about 12,000 years and has evolved over that time as have its banks, marshes, bogs, vegetation, fish and fauna.
Even with the influx of concentrated development, the Huron is still considered a relatively healthy river, generally regarded as the best in southeast Michigan, the editors report. While the earliest settlers made their way from Detroit up the Huron by flatboat as far as what is now Belleville, todays river traffic is comprised of mostly fiberglass canoes and kayaks.
Several of our contributors explore the history of a particular part of the watershed, usually with an eye to its relevance to current issues and habits of living, the editors write.
Ken Mikolowskis View
The view of the river from the eighth floor University Hospital room is not the same as from the Arboretum. I guess its the perspective.
From Janet Kaufmans Buried Water, a ballad by An Anonymous Farmer
If you are sad, with sickness worn;
And have the headache every morn;
Just come and drink a healing horn;
Of Ypsilantis water.
Theres forty new baths agoing,
And all the healing waters flowing,
Better days and health bestowing,
On many a wear one.
Its true, it has a woeful smell,
But if your stomach dont rebel
Its just the thing to make you well
And praise up Ypsilanti.
From Clamming on the Huron and Our Lady of the River to The Drowning of the Rhea and On the Huron River Drive, the book offers new ways of looking at an old friend that will be with us for perhaps another 12,000 years.