Facing Shadows

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Poetry. This is the second volume of poems from Chinese ex-patriot poet Ha Jin, who moved to the United States after the Tiananmen massacre. "These poems are unflinchingly lucid, luminous, brave, and the shadows faced in this book are faced with a powerful light"--Thomas Lux. His poems have appeared in journals such as AGNI and Poetry, and he holds a doctorate in American Literature from Brandeis University. In 2004, his novel War Trash won the PEN/Faulkner award; his previous novel, Waiting, won the 1997 ...
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Poetry. This is the second volume of poems from Chinese ex-patriot poet Ha Jin, who moved to the United States after the Tiananmen massacre. "These poems are unflinchingly lucid, luminous, brave, and the shadows faced in this book are faced with a powerful light"--Thomas Lux. His poems have appeared in journals such as AGNI and Poetry, and he holds a doctorate in American Literature from Brandeis University. In 2004, his novel War Trash won the PEN/Faulkner award; his previous novel, Waiting, won the 1997 National Book Award. Ha Jin teaches English at Boston University.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882413249
  • Publisher: Hanging Loose Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1996
  • Pages: 70
  • Sales rank: 983,487

Meet the Author

Ha  Jin
Ha Jin
National Book Award winner Ha Jin writes about the tribulations of life in Chinese society with dark humor and an economical but effective prose style. He has turned out remarkable novels, short stories, and poetry -- all the more remarkable considering he only began writing in English in the late 1980s.
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    1. Also Known As:
      Xuefei Jin
    2. Hometown:
      Boston, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 21, 1956
    2. Place of Birth:
      Liaoning, China
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, Heilongjiang University, 1981; Ph. D. in English, Brandeis University, 1993

Table of Contents

Ways of Talking 11
To My Grandmother Who Died Fourteen Years Ago in Manchuria 12
I Woke Up - Smiling 13
My Mother Also Ate 15
The Peach 16
I Sing of an Old Land 19
On a Pottery Figure of a Storyteller from the Eastern Han Dynasty (A.D. 25-220) 21
A Child's Nature 22
They Come 25
June 1989 26
A Former Provincial Governor Tells about His Dismissal 28
An Escape 32
The Fight 34
Bargain 35
In a Moonlit Night 36
Gratitude 38
At Midnight 43
Astrological Signs and Marriage 44
On Receiving a Calendar 45
Summer Grass 46
If You Had Not Thrown Me Away 47
Before Dawn 48
Distance 49
The Scent of the Sun 50
War 53
Nets 54
An Apology 55
Reverberation 56
Blessing 57
Father 58
On a Giant Pine Tree 59
A Revelation 61
In New York City 62
The Past 63
Rock 64
To Ah Shu 65
Lilburn, Georgia 68
In the Small Hours 69
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