A Distant Center

A Distant Center

In the bold tradition of the ?Misty Poets,? Ha Jin confronts China?s fraught political history while paying tribute to its rich culture and landscape. The poems of A Distant Center speak in a voice that is steady and direct, balancing contemplative longing with sober warnings from a writer who has confronted the traumas of censorship and state violence. With unadorned lang In the bold tradition of the ?Misty Poets,? Ha Jin confronts China?s fraught political history while paying t...

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Title:A Distant Center
Author:Ha Jin
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:A Distant Center
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:80 pages pages

A Distant Center Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Apr 25, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

  • Monica
    Mar 14, 2019

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Lori
    Feb 15, 2019

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

  • Leonard
    Jul 07, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

  • Brian
    Sep 06, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

  • Matthew Wilson
    Sep 20, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Michael
    Apr 30, 2019

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Brian
    Jan 23, 2019

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Liz Rizzo
    Nov 11, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Nicky Enriquez
    Oct 18, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

  • Laura Miller Hill
    Aug 27, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Jill Mackin
    Oct 25, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

  • Judith
    Nov 11, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Grant Barber
    May 06, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Sujin Stone
    May 26, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

  • Matthew
    May 10, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Crystal
    Oct 23, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • josh
    Mar 22, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Leah
    Mar 28, 2019

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

  • Ekaterina Belle
    Sep 30, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Kayla
    Jul 21, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Jackinator
    Oct 02, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Faisal Memon
    Aug 08, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

  • Jack
    Jun 14, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Allison Janicki
    Oct 05, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Ana Yarí
    Jan 19, 2019

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • What the Fluff
    Aug 13, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • Stevo Brock
    Apr 01, 2019

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

  • Cathryn
    Feb 11, 2019

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...

    Somehow I could not connect with this collection, except on a very superficial level. I had the feeling that it would have been more powerful in the original Chinese (Ha Jin translates his own poetry, but apparently the first drafts are in Chinese), especially with the added visual ele...

    A nice collection of creative and challenging poems. ...

    Ha Jin creates beautiful poetry, that evokes strong memories or sentiments. Ahhhhhmazing. ...

    3.5 Stars ...

    3.5 stars. This slim volume evoked the things that ring true to my soul, and made me reflect on my love of solitude and my yearning for connection. I have always admired the skill with which Ha Jin uses simple prose to convey deep and universally meaningful concepts; this book reinforc...

    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of April, 2019, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1.... Search for me on Google for many more reviews and recommendations ...

    This book was not written for white people. This book was written for me. ...

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  • J.D. DeHart
    May 18, 2018

    Ha Jin moved to the United States from China in 1985, and wrote these poems in English, but they do feel like they are of more than one place, or maybe sometimes no place (in a way I really liked.) Some are motivational, like some of my favorites from Mary Oliver, where the poet is spe...

    I prefer his fiction. ...

    Read Ha Jin after a long time. His poetry is just as simple and powerful as his prose. A beautiful gift for all who leave their birthplace and adopt a foreign land as their homeland for whatever reasons. ...

    Ha Jin offers us poems of travel, place, and memory in A Distant Center. The book is divided into meditations on travelers, time, home, and far away places. Poignantly, we are left with what Jin calls "a quiet center." The collection begins with words of advice in "You Must Not ...