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...

  • Jen
    Apr 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...

    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 ...

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  • Lindsey Shultz
    Jun 09, 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...

    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 ...

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  • Kim Fay
    May 01, 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...

    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 ...

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  • Devin
    May 01, 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...

    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 ...

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  • Lauren
    Feb 16, 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...

    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 ...

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  • abcdefg
    Feb 03, 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...

    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 ...

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  • Karen Witzler
    May 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...

    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 ...

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  • Cbsd library
    Mar 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...

    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 ...

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  • Mary D
    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...

    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 ...

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  • Gina Chen
    Apr 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...

    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 ...

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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...

    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 ...

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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...

    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 ...

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  • Monica Williams
    May 12, 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...

    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 ...

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  • Allie Zarazua
    Apr 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...

    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 ...

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  • 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...

    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 ...

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    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...

    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 ...

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  • Cali
    Nov 02, 2017

    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...

    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 ...

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  • HerBrina Shepherd
    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...

    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 ...

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  • Natalie Draper
    Apr 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...

    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 ...

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  • Cyril
    Apr 24, 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...

    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 ...

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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...

    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 ...

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  • Mya
    Jan 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...

    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 ...

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  • Melissa
    Feb 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...

    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 ...

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  • Lynn
    Feb 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...

    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 ...

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  • Mills College Library
    May 04, 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...

    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 ...

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  • Chang Garcia
    May 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...

    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 ...

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  • Sergey Osipov
    Feb 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...

    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 ...

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  • Kara
    Jan 09, 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...

    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 ...

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  • MELISSIA LENOX
    Mar 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...

    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 ...

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  • 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...

    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 ...

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  • Kasi
    Mar 28, 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...

    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 ...

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  • LadySarashina
    Feb 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...

    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 ...

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  • Rose
    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...

    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 ...

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  • Kyle
    Dec 02, 2017

    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...

    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 ...

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  • Eunice Lee
    May 03, 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...

    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 ...

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  • Kenya
    Jun 09, 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...

    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 ...

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  • ❤Emm❤ - Just the Abyss
    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...

    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 ...

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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...

    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 ...

  • Rachel Nagin
    Feb 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...

    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 ...

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  • Stephanie Silva
    Apr 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...

    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 ...

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  • Sally Kong
    May 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...

    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 ...

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  • Melon109
    May 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...

    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 ...

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