On Mother Trees: What Old-Growth Trees Taught Me About Parenting
I was helpful, but unlike the giving tree, I was not entirely happy.
The Giving Tree A classic with an environmental message
Habitat loss makes me furious. Heartbroken. Disgusted. Scared.
I want a sustainable approach to motheringI want us to organize ourselves with the wisdom of the forest.
The Giving Tree
Kaitlyn Teer's lyric essays have received prizes from Fourth Genre and Prairie Schooner. Her work has been recognized as notable by Best American Essays and has appeared in Entropy, Electric Literature, Redivider, Sweet, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. She is a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog and is at work on a flash collection about parenting and the climate crisis.
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