"I Am" by Jasmine White
Inspired by George Ella Lyon
Chrysalis Literary and Arts Magazine
You can read George Ella Lyon's poem "Where I'm From" on her web site, and listen to her read it. She was inspired by another great Appalachian writer, Jo Carson, and the people in her book of poems Stories I Ain't Told Nobody Yet (Poem 22 includes the lines "But honey, where are you from?" and "You're not from here are you?," and lines that begin "I am from....") Lyon's web site provides ideas for using this poem to inspire your own writing, and links to poems and videos by students in different places and many Kentuckians.
Jasmine White, from Buchanan, VA, is a junior majoring in Liberal Arts, with emphases in English, Elementary Education, and History at Ferrum College (in 2022, when she wrote this poem in Dr. Lana Whited's creative writing class and served on the Chrysalis staff). She plans a career in education. Her poem is reprinted here with permission after appearing in the Spring 2022 issue of Chrysalis Literary and Arts Magazine.
See others in the Fiction and Poems index of this web site, including the page "Where I'm From" Poems by Ferrum College Students. Some poem excerpts from Ferrum's Appalachian cluster students and Dr. Rathin Basu's Business Communications class were presented at the Appalachian College Association Summit in October 2009 (pdf copy of one PowerPoint slide at this link).
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