Wilderness is composed of one nonfiction piece and a collection of poems that use images of the wild, such as forests and the wind, to explore the interactions between humanity and nature. Within the poems is a progression from attempt at mastery over the natural world to humility in response to the untamable to acceptance of the wild places in life, including within one’s own self. Inspired by experiences grounded in the Midwest, these works celebrate nature while also revealing the tension between its simultaneous beauty and danger.
Smalley, Kendra, "Wilderness" (2018). English Department: Student Scholarship. 2.