"Where I'm From" by Marina Powell
Adaptation of George Ella Lyon's "Where I'm From"
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.
Marina Powell is from Russia, and now lives in Franklin County, VA. She is a music major and a member of the Boone Honors Program at Ferrum College (in 2022, when this poem was written in Dr. Lana Whited's creative writing class). She is also on the staff of Chrysalis and is an assistant editor for The Iron Blade college newspaper. Marina likes running, art, writing, rock music, and her dog. Marina's story "The Last Rose" is also reprinted in AppLit at this link.
See other poems in this tradition 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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