The word hazard comes from the Arabic al-zhar, “the dice.” It points to an aspect of reality that is at once amusing and disturbing. Throwing dice may be play, an engaging game. Or it may involve risk and worry about the consequences of “lucky” or “unlucky” throws.
Feelings of amusement and worry carry moral sentiments. Amusement throws up its hands and laughs at what can’t be controlled. Worry values an effort to recognize and, if possible, mitigate dreadful consequences.
The poems in this collection share alarm at risks imposed by implacable forces that determine events. They carry hazard’s freight of amusement, worry and moral inquiry. Some are mournful, but a good many sound as indignant as hazard’s audibly exasperated z.
|School:||Pacific Lutheran University|
|Department:||Rainier Writing Workshop|
|School Location:||United States -- Washington|
|Source:||MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Fine arts, Creative writing, Climate Change|
|Keywords:||Hazard, Moral inquiry, Original poetry, Woodpecker|
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