Deb Baker, Per Diem editor for August, has an affinity for the the art of the serendipitous, which she defines as poems of fate or chance leading to an unexpected course, for a moment, a day, or even a life. She writes:
I especially like poems that deal with a “hinge” moment, a moment when fate or chance or choices might lead one way or another. Or in which the poet ponders a direction life took. I love the idea that a moment—any moment—could be the one that changes the course of a day or even a life, or that someone might gain sudden clarity about such a moment in the past because of a present moment that triggers a connection. Poems like these can make a reader feel a sense of momentum, a possible turning or smoothing path. Perhaps such a poem helps a reader discern something happening in the present moment in his or her own life. Or to see a new possibility, a different way forward, through someone else’s hinge moment.
See if these poems don’t take you to that tangential frisson all month via Per Diem, on the THF website.