Per Diem Archive: D. Baker August 2013, Kismet
Poems of fate or chance leading to an unexpected course, for a moment, a day, or even a life. 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.