[Elizabeth Hazen] The Kenyon Review Calls Chaos Theories “DAZZLING!”


The Kenyon Review Calls Liz Hazen’s Chaos Theories “DAZZLING!”

Elizabeth Hazen’s dazzling first book of poems, Chaos Theories, reminds us of the long history of poets who take on science as their subject mattter. Indeed, the main impetus for Greek and Roman poets like Hesiod and Lucretius was nothing less than to reveal how the universe worked, from atomic theory to astronomy. Perhaps one of the most successful mergers between poetry and science came in the hundred years surrounding Darwin’s publication of Origin of the Species. Alfred Lord Tennyson’s In Memoriam, for example, is often cited as anticipating Darwin’s evolutionary ideology.

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