First there was Chaos, the vast immeasurable abyss,
Outrageous as a sea, dark, wasteful, wild.
[John Milton, Paradise Lost]
Chaos has many meanings. The ancient Greeks saw Chaos as the dark abyss from which life sprung. Mathematicians use Chaos theory to explain how small decisions can give rise to unexpectedly grave consequences. For parents, Chaos is their child’s bedroom, their busy work schedule. Most of us spend our lives trying to ward off Chaos and keep order. But what happens when we no longer avoid Chaos, and instead embrace it?
In Issue 56, Hayden’s Ferry Review will celebrate the unordered, the frenzied, the messy, and the “dark, wasteful, wild.”
Send us your stories, essays, poems, translations, and art that explore the meaning of Chaos. Maybe you have an essay disrupts the conventions of form, or a story that unravels the turmoil in a character’s life. With Chaos comes its antithesis: order, direction, calm. Capture the chaotic in ways we’ve never imagined.