the tight bright hunker of an alpine garden

This poem honors the tiny alpine flowers that thrive in bitterly harsh landscapes, as well as the complexity of a mother-daughter relationship in the face of aging and the adversities that come with it.

Recounting a harrowing mountain trek with my own mother, the tight bright hunker of an alpine garden speaks to the intimate connection between our bodies, the separateness (and not) of our identities as women, and a gratitude for our endurance and survival.

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the tight bright hunker of an alpine garden

the tight bright hunker of an alpine garden

  • Relaxed comfort is perfect for walking anywhere, mountain to museum

  • Waistline with a flat front and elastic back

  • Two large knee pockets in contrasting garnet, the right appliquéd with a gray sateen patch individually hand-painted with an abstract mountain range. Also available without the hand-painted patch

  • Pant cuffs lined with an interior garnet layer visible when turned up, high or low

  • Two side-seam pockets; French seams

  • 10% of your Alpine purchase benefits The Dempsey Center (cancer support services in Maine) and, regionally, the Appalachian Mountain Club

  • Includes a card imprinted with the poem

Materials and garment care

Gray pant and garnet pockets: 55% recycled hemp, 45% organic cotton duck with 100% organic cotton sateen patch.

Delicate cold wash and hang dry, or green dry clean.
Do not bleach. Iron low heat.


Mariah, with the paper flowers, is 5’7” and is wearing size L.
Ava is 5’11” and is wearing size XS.
Lindsey, with the hiking stick, is 5’4” and is wearing size XS.

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