Jennifer Horne

Jennifer Horne

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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 am a long-time resident of Alabama, and in November 2017 I was commissioned Alabama Poet Laureate, for a four-year term. My latest book is a poetry chapbook, "Borrowed Light," and my current writing project is a biography of the writer Sara Mayfield. I call this blog "A Map of the World" because I think that, as writers, we each map our own lives, imaginations, and world. Welcome to my particular map!

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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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