We Are All A Part

Writing and recordings about nature and wildness. Photos too.

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To get a feeling for what I’m about, listen to me read one of my favorite poems, Calligraphy of a Stream. Or, check out the most popular podcast episode I have made, called Backtracking. Another crowd favorite: Breakers

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About Hudson

Hudson Gardner is a writer & photographer who drinks a lot of tea in the woods, usually made with boiled creek water and whatever medicinal plant is growing nearby. He has hiked, biked, and paddled thousands of miles in the USA, and has lived in California, Maine, Vermont, New York City, New Mexico, Nebraska, Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. He has published a full-length book of Poetry titled A Body of Water, and is currently working on another manuscript titled The Mountain Of Myself.

His work has been published by On Being, The Sun Magazine, Patagonia, Taproot Magazine, and others. He lives in a yurt in Vermont.

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The cornfield and the wild apple tree

In late summer 2015 I was walking along the edge of a cornfield in Nebraska. The corn leaves were dry and tawny yellow. The ground of the field was bare brown clods, with nothing growing between the plants.

Along one edge of the field was a row of trees. Below them grew tall grass, herbs such as mint, and a few late blooming flowers. The area below the trees had never been cleared because it was unfarmable land; too wet and steep.

I had done this walk a hundred times and had come to understand the difference between the trees, and the farmed land next to them. One supported many plants and animals, and the other actively killed everything except one plant.

In Fall 2017, I found myself sitting in a forest of aspen and pine in Northeastern Oregon. Across the river I spotted a wild apple tree. The tree needed pruning, its branches tangled and overgrown. Because of this, the tree produced little fruit. But, with what little knowledge I had, I realized I could help the tree thrive.

These two scenes are related: in one, humans have controlled a landscape. In the other, the landscape was mostly wild, and the human aspect, a wild apple tree, was actually in need of human care.

These disparate realities coexist in the world we share with all other living things. Since I became aware of them, I have wondered how the two can be reconciled. The writing and audio here are a process-based attempt to reconcile the original abundance of wildness, and our constant modern need for control and security.


Hudson Gardner
This podcast is about understanding and celebrating wildness in the Anthropecene. Can we find evenness between human control and natural thriving? And can we learn something from wildness?