Kingman's Hall finds a publisher for his poetry

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Jordin Hall, 19, had some creative help when publishing his first book of poems. His dad came up with the second half of the book's title, and his sister, Angel, helped design the cover.

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ERIN TAYLOR/Miner<br> Jordin Hall, 19, had some creative help when publishing his first book of poems. His dad came up with the second half of the book's title, and his sister, Angel, helped design the cover. <a href="http://kingmandailyminer.com/Formlayout.asp?formcall=userform&form=20">Click here to purchase this photo</a>

KINGMAN - Jordin Hall believes the only way to write a good poem is from the heart, which is why he named his first book, "It Comes from the Heart (and Darker Places)."

Hall released his book through PublishAmerica, which, unlike other online publishers, doesn't charge authors to publish their work and instead recoups expenses by taking a cut of the sales.

After being picked up by the publisher, Hall sent in his finished manuscript in April and had been waiting for his book to arrive in the mail. He hadn't realized that his mom had already intercepted the first copy to present to her son on his 19th birthday on Dec. 10.

Holding a copy of his own book was an emotional experience for Hall, who has been writing since he was in fifth-grade. He said he writes the poems in his head before he commits them to paper.

"Poetry for me is on the clock," he said. "I can't get up until it's done."

Hall's book features 55 of his original poems, including "Disneyland Terror," which earned him second place in last year's talent show at Kingman High School.

"It's the one people most remember," he said. "It's one of my comedy poems."

Hall said he's always been interested in writing, be it fiction, non-fiction, poems or just essays that he was assigned in school.

"Whatever comes to mind, I have to write it," he said.

Hall will enter the Navy as a culinary specialist Aug. 10 and said he plans to use the tuition assistance to attend a writing school in New York.

"I'm hoping to bring poetry back to the popular culture," he said of his ambitions to be a best-selling author.

Hall's book is available for purchase at www.publishamerica.com.

Disneyland Terror

I went to Disneyland

Feeling really mad

And when I'm unhappy

Everyone's sad

Goofy told me to wear

A smiley face

Now he walks around

With a neck brace

I almost got hugged

By the Mad Hatter

He's in the hospital

Because his jaw shattered

I couldn't understand Donald

I don't speak fish

So I beat the hell out of him

Until he spoke English

I know he's a duck

But I was just mad

It was the day when the happiest place

Became so sad

Pluto was put down

He couldn't even walk

Tigger kept bouncing

He's knocked out by a rock

Mickey asked

What's wrong with me

Captain Hook

Had scraped my knee

He said it was an accident

But that didn't cross my mind

So I shoved the stupid hook

Where the sun don't shine