"Where I'm From" by Caroline King
Adaptation of George Ella Lyon's "Where I'm From"
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.
Caroline King, from Wytheville, VA, is a senior Teacher Education major with an English emphasis at Ferrum College (in 2022, when this poem was written in Dr. Lana Whited's creative writing class). She enjoys reading, writing, and photography. Caroline has served on the staff of Chrysalis and The Iron Blade college newspaper. She is looking forward to discussing a variety of texts with her future students. 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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