Elizabeth Hazen reads "Burning Trash"
"Elizabeth Hazen’s unflinching first book, Chaos Theories, forms a powerful meditation on female identity and the cultural expectations that daughters, mothers, wives, and sisters resist and embrace." Jane Satterfield
Elizabeth Hazen's "Burning Trash" is a narrative of time. Like much of her other work, it focuses on subtle arrangements and a strong sense of theme. There is a loneliness present even when the author consoles, something dirty, like tire smoke caught in hair, a day to day struggle to wash out the grime. When one's memories last past their objects and subjects, as they so often do, one finds them-self in a sort of purgatorial dissonance, especially when it is family, especially when it is family we look back on with embarrassment, pity, or spite. Only Elizabeth Hazen can capture this feeling so well, so intelligently and so honestly, while still, true to Chaos Theories, extrapolating on the emotional consequences of time in full axial motion.