Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia- A Life in Poems

I received a lovely e-mail the other day from Patricia Neely-Dorsey asking if I might be willing to feature her new book on my blog. I was VERY flattered and happy to oblige. A click on her name will take you to her website.

In her own words....

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia- A Life in Poems

My book Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia is a true celebration of the south and things southern. Using childhood memories, personal thoughts and dreams, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life. There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. I want to show a flip side of the coin.There is much to love about this much maligned and misunderstood part of our country. I would really love for you to get to KNOW Mississippi in a different light and I want to introduce you. I invite you to Meet Mississippi Through Poetry, Prose and the written word in my "little book of southern poems."

Here is just a little taste of what is in the book...

If you want a glimpse of Southern life,

Come close and walk with me;

I'll tell you all the simple things,

That you are sure to see.

You'll see mockingbirds and bumblebees,

Magnolia blossoms and dogwood trees;

Caterpillars on the step,

Wooden porches cleanly swept

Watermelons on the vine,

Strong majestic Georgia pines

Turnip greens and.hot cornbread,

Coleslaw and barbecue

Fried okra, fried corn,fried green tomatoes

Fried pies and pickles too

There's ice cold tea that 's syrupy sweet

And cool, green grass beneath your feet

Catfish nipping in the lake

And fresh young boys on the make.

You'll see all these things

And much, much more In a way of life, that I adore.

Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey


  1. How sweet!! That definitely makes me homesick for the southern summer!!

  2. Ooh, this looks like a great gift for ME!! and others, of course ;-) Lovely book!

  3. Thank you SO MUCH for introducing "my little book of southern poems" to your readers.
    Thank you readers for your kind words.
    Give it a try ..I'm sure you would absolutely love it!
    And, as the lady says..It would make a great gift..for yourself and others!! (smile)

  4. This sounds like a wonderful summer read. The perfect companion to a glass of sweet tea while lying in a hammock watching fireflies! Thanks for sharing. Kathy

  5. Beautiful poem.

    I love she devotes 5 whole lines to the food. My fondest memories of the south included really good food and close friends.

  6. I've read her book...Very Southern...Very Enjoyable!


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