2023 Eric Hoffer Award winner in Poetry
2023 Nautilus Book Award Gold Winner in Poetry
2023 First Horizon Award Winner in Poetry
2023 IPPY Awards Bronze Medalist in Poetry
2023 Washington State Book Award finalist in Poetry
A wild and dreamy poetic journey through the wilderness in all of us
In her debut poetry collection, Hannah Lee Jones brings readers on a mythic journey across a vast physical and metaphysical landscape. Four cardinal directions point the way through this inner wilderness, through trials and initiations, suffering and discovery, on a restless quest for deeper connection and wholeness. What emerges is a richly textured map of love and loss, a tapestry of hard-won truths both personal and universal. At turns mysterious, dreamlike, intimate, and illuminating, these poems explore what is wild and timeless in the human soul.
“Like stepping into a beautiful dream where women fly over orchards and we encompass the landscape. There are few collections of poems so meditative that I lose myself so deeply . . . WHEN I WAS THE WIND is a remarkable and gorgeous debut collection—you will be better having read these poems.”
—Kelli Russell Agodon, author of Dialogues with Rising Tides (Copper Canyon Press)
Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies.
"This debut collection of both mythical and meditative poems builds a remarkable journey. A new voice for these times, the poet encourages one's inner wildness to summon a power to call their own. This work has a fascinating rhythm—bright and flowing, creating its own dance. As these extraordinary poems walk along the rivers, explore the deserts and mountains, sail the seas, and rediscover history, we take notice of our own fragility and that of the world. These poems are mile markers for a new road, carrying along all who join Jones on the journey. With an undercurrent of grit, there is just enough magic here to intrigue all who still want to believe in the best within us all." — The Eric Hoffer Award
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Hannah Lee Jones is a Korean American poet and nomad whose poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and social media outlets. She runs Primal School, a coaching resource devoted to literature and ideas that promote a life of meaning, and travels frequently to the desert Southwest and the Hawaiian Islands. She makes her home in Port Townsend, Washington.