Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Hazard
by Flaherty, Margaret A., M.F.A., Pacific Lutheran University, 2020, 64; 28092402
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Barot, Rick
Commitee: Johnson, Jenny
School: Pacific Lutheran University
Department: Rainier Writing Workshop
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Fine arts, Creative writing, Climate Change
Keywords: Hazard, Moral inquiry, Original poetry, Woodpecker
Publication Number: 28092402
ISBN: 9798672178004
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