Kingman's Hall finds a publisher for his poetry
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.
I went to Disneyland
Feeling really mad
And when I'm unhappy
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
What's wrong with me
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