OverviewThe poems in Elizabeth Hazen's debut collection, Chaos Theories, spring from a unique collusion of science and art in one poet's heart and mind. In these often elegiac poems, Hazen explores many forms of love — between children, parents, siblings, friends, and lovers. In powerful poetic language and structure, loss is explored, and survival becomes another form of understanding, a way of seeing ourselves and others not as guilty or innocent, good or bad, but as complex, sometimes thwarted beings who are always striving for more wisdom, more empathy, more light. Hazen's language is elegant, her point of view unflinching, her voice mature and warm. Science in these poems is both information and consolation, a way of untangling chaos, of seeing more clearly and cleanly. Hazen is a poet who understands that we are all searching in various ways to make order of our lives and loves, and who crafts poems that can aid us in that search.
Reviews"[Hazen] finds speech for the mysteries and paradoxes of existence, speech she puts down in expertly cadenced lines." —Michael Collier, Director, The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference; author, An Individual History and Dark Wild Realm
"Chaos Theories is a dynamo that will alter your genetic structure and boost your intelligence." —Richard Peabody, Editor, Gargoyle Magazine
"Chaos Theories is a debut fluent in the language of desire, heartbreak, and regeneration." —Jane Satterfield, author, Her Familiars and Assignation at Vanishing Point
"With plainspoken elegance, these poems, individually and collectively, comprise a memorable and heart wrenching evocation of the persistent and often contradictory needs that both sustain and menace the attachments that define us." —Alan Shapiro, author, Reel to Reel Magic and Night of the Republic
"Chaos Theories is a dynamo that will alter your genetic structure and boost your intelligence." —Richard Peabody, found and editor, Gargoyle magazine; author, Speed Enforced by Aircraft and Last of the Red Hot Magnetos
"Expertly cadenced." —Michael Collier, Director, The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference; author, An Individual History and Dark Wild Realm
Author BiographyElizabeth Hazen is a poet and essayist whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2013, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, The Normal School, and other journals. She teaches English at Calvert School in Baltimore, Maryland. Chaos Theories is her first full-length poetry collection.