Typus Orbis Universalis

Typus Orbis Universalis

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I’m a writer, editor, and teacher, and I enjoy connecting with readers and other writers. I grew up in Arkansas and have lived for many years in Alabama, although I’ve also lived abroad, in England and Romania, and have traveled extensively in Ireland and Greece. I’ve written two collections of poems, "Little Wanderer" (2016) a collection of road and travel poems, and "Bottle Tree" (2010), which focuses on my experiences as a southern woman. I’ve also written "Tell the World You’re a Wildflower," a collection of loosely interwoven short stories in the voices of southern women and girls. I love to put together collections as well, and I edited "Working the Dirt: An Anthology of Southern Poets," and co-edited "All Out of Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality," and "Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality," as well as "Belles’ Letters II," out next year. I’m currently working on a memoir-influenced book about Scott and Zelda biographer Sara Mayfield as well as a new collection of short stories.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Finding Poetry

Sometimes you find poetry, sometimes it finds you. I've long loved found poems--Maxine Kumin's "You Are In Bear Country" is a favorite--and I like the way keeping an eye out for them makes me more attentive to finding the unusual in the ordinary.

Using an online dictionary recently I somehow stumbled onto a list of words that rhymed with drumroll. I don't remember how I got there but the rhythms caught my ear and I knew I had a found poem. Here, with a few modifications, originally from merriam-webster.com, is "Rhymes with Drumroll":


Rhymes with DRUMROLL

airholearmhole
bankrollbeadroll
bedrollblackhole,
blackpollblowhole
boreholebunghole
catchpole, charcoal
chuckholeconsole
Creole, dipole
dry holeDutch roll
egg rolleyehole
field goalfishbowl
flagpolefoxhole
funk holehard coal
half soleheart-whole
hellholeinsole,
in wholekeyhole
kneeholeknothole
leafrolllogroll
loopholelost soul,
manholemaypole
midsoleMongol,
outsole,  payroll
peepholepesthole
pinholepitchpole
portholeposthole
potholeredpoll,
ridgepoleSheol
shot holesinkhole
ski poleslipsole
snap rollsound hole
spring rolltadpole
taphole, thumbhole
top-holetouchhole
washbowlweep hole,
white hole, wormhole,
drumroll drumroll drumroll.




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