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Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia

Updated on October 18, 2015

A Life In Poems by Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia - A Life In Poems is written by a true Southerner, Patricia Neely-Dorsey. She writes passionately about growing up in the South, her love for her home state of Mississippi and her life after 40.   Her poetry is sincere, real, and warm.  They just feel good to read and sure makes this reader feel mighty proud to be a Southerner.  Of course, you do not have to be from the South to appreciate Patricia's poetry.  Her flowing words are a joy for everyone to read.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey writes in the preface of her book that she always hesitates to call herself a poet. She says

"I feel more like a vessel or a conduit through which the poems flow.  I never intentionally sat down to write any of them.  They all came to me, fully complete and neatly packaged, title and all"

Photo courtesy of Poet Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems

It was a rainy, dreary day when I picked up Patricia Neely-Dorsey's book, Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia, but I felt the comfortable warmth of sunshine as I read through these heartfelt poems.


Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia - by Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Order your copy now from Amazon by just clicking this link. You will be directed straight to the Amazon site to place your order, read the reviews or just browse around.. This was Patricia's first book. She now has two books and you will see the other one featured below.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey's official site - Don't Miss Patricia Neely-Dorsey's site!

I enjoy visiting Patricia's Website and reading her blog and I think you might also!

Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia Book Trailer - Relax and Enjoy this beautiful Book Trailer of Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia

Enjoy!I love to hear Patricia recite her poetry.

"As you can see, I am so proud of where I come from, so happy with the life I've lived, and totally enamored with the southern way of life. I hope that you find as much joy in reading my poems as I have found in bringing them to you."

— Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Email Interview With Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Who do you most admire and why? Was this person influential in your decision to write professionally? - Email Interview with Patricia Neely-Dorsey

I must say that I most admire my parents,Dr. James Neely and Mrs. Elaine Kilgore Neely.The book is dedicated to them with an acknowledgement that reads: Thank you for giving me the two most important gifts you can give a child...Roots and Wings .As far as writing is concerned, my mother gave me a passionate love for reading and writing, and my father gave me an appreciation for poetry and great literature, especially that of African-American origin.They both have always been very encouraging and supportive in all of my endeavors.

Who is your favorite poet?

Email Interview With Patricia Neely-Dorsey

I must say- favorite poetS. I love Maya Angelou and Nikki Giovanni. Nikki especially, wrote a lot about southern experiences when she would go to her grandparents' home and overall her work is so gritty , soul bearing, transparent and in-your- face. As she says in one of my favorite poems, "Egotripping" ... "I am bad". That explains how I feel about her and her work in general. She is bad!!Maya to me, is just the queen in the poetry world. I equate her as being to the poetry world what Aretha Franklin is to the soul music world.

Do you plan on writing another book? If so, will you tell us about your plans?

Email Interview with Patricia Neely-Dorsey

I have two more books that are bascially finished and ready to publish when the time is right.One is more mostly southern remembrances and the other is mostly very intimate love poems,The Secret Garden of poems.My publisher is also encouraging me to do an illustrated children's book using age appropriate poems from Reflections.Everyone seems to think that this is a great idea.

What advice would you give to others who want to have their poetry published?

Email Interview with Patricia Neely-Dorsey

I always emphasize what I callPatricia's P-Attitudes1) Positivity - be positive, believe in yourself and your book,2) Persistence -Be relentless. Never take "NO" as a final answer. Keep knocking. If you can't get in through the door, go in through the window.3) Perseverance-Never give up4) Patience - Hold on. Hold tight. Sometimes, the answer or outcome that you seek might take a minute ( days, weeks or months) but keep the faith. It will come.My ultimate, bottomline advice is to give it all you have .Borrowing from my favorite line in the movie "Ray".."Make it do what it do!" (LOL)

Patricia Neely-Dorsey Reads From Her Book

Patricia reads one of my favorites "A Southern Life". Words are also posted below the video for the convenience to hearing impaired.

I love hearing Patricia's poems

Southern Life

by Patricia Neely-Dorsey

SOUTHERN LIFEIf 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;Rocking chairs and front yard swings,Junebugs flying on a string;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-Dorseypoems from Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems

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Join Patricia Neely-Dorsey at Celebrate The South on Face Book

Do you want to Celebrate The South?

Patricia has a group on Face Book called Celebrate The South. I have enjoyed being a member of this group and thought you might like to join us. Check it out and read some of the great discussions going on.Celebrate The South FaceBook Group

Poetry that will bring a smile to your face! - Proud to be a Southerner!

Mississippi Magnolia by Patrica Neely Dorsey
Mississippi Magnolia by Patrica Neely Dorsey

Did you purchase this delightful book from this lens? - If you did, I want to say "Thank You"

This book would make a wonderful gift for a very special person in your life.

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Thank you for ordering this wonderful treasure!

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems

This book is filled with a wide variety of beautiful poetry by Patricia Neely-Dorsey.


Patricia Neely Dorsey's Second Book - a "twin" to her Reflections

Patricia continues with her creative poetry in her second book which I thoroughly enjoyed.

My Magnolia Memories and Musings- In Poems
My Magnolia Memories and Musings- In Poems

This book would make a wonderful gift or how about giving both books for a gift.


I received a message from Patricia Neely-Dorsey telling me how much she enjoyed my Magnolia Lens and she asked if I would like to post her Book of Poems on my lens. She referred me to her wonderful website where I had the joy of reading some of her poems. Of course, I let her know that I would be honored to post them. We began emailing and struck up a friendship and mutual admiration society. I have thoroughly enjoyed creating this lens formy new friend,

— OhMe aka Nancy Hellams

Prize at our Spring Brunch - Thank you, Patricia

Patricia Neely Dorsey
Patricia Neely Dorsey

Patricia autographed 2 of each of her books for us to use as prizes in the drawing at our Spring Brunch Fundraiser. Friends of the Park sure did appreciate this and the people who won did, too. Each of the two prizes consisted of a signed copy of Patricia's two books of poetry along with 2 Magnolia Coasters from OhMe's Zazzle and a Magnolia Candle.

Author Patricia Neely-Dorsey Wrote This In My Guestbook

Will you please leave a comment, too! Thank you!

Thanks so much for such a wonderful lens to introduce "my little book of southern poems" to the Squidoo community...and to the world.I am overjoyed to have met you and totally delighted to have found such a creative, resourceful and generous new friend.You are truly amazing!Thanks again...for EVERYTHINGPatricia Neely-Dorsey

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      sittonbull 4 years ago

      You have reviewed some talented southern authors Ohme, and Patricia is surely one of them. Love her poetry and I'm sure her book would be enjoyable! Fun to revisit some of these lenses :)

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Yes Patricia you have roots and wings... and they are so precious.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nancy spent a good bit of Saturday reading your poems to me, and we laughed together about many of them! She's right, Patricia, they made me just feel good! Can't wait to get my own copies!

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Hello fellow Mississippian! Glad to read your lense and get your poems. Hoping to see more of your work here.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      ~ Cupid Kisses by a Squidoo Angel ~

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      So lovely! I just love her poem! Blessing this lens and featuring it on my Poetry angel lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Gulfshoreslife: Actually, I am not anywhere near Patricia's hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi. I live in Pendleton SC but have certainly enjoyed getting to know her online.

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      Gulfshoreslife 7 years ago

      Where are you from Patricia? I'm from Rolling Fork.

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      Hmarketing 8 years ago

      Hi Anita, valuable resource you got herekeep on inspiring peoplethere's your 5 star!kudos!

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      @Soulshine_Expressions: Thanks so much!I am so glad to have two new fans! (smile)I'm thrilled that you like what I am doing in/with my book.I always try to "Celebrate the South" to the fullest!I hope that you will read the book and tell me what you think..then help me spread the word about a wonderful little book of "southern poems"

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      Soulshine_Expressions 8 years ago

      As one half of the Soulshine_Expressions team (the wife) and a Mississippi girl born and raised, I commend you on this lens and the work of Patricia Neely Dorsey! It is so refreshing to find someone who depicts the South and Mississippi in particular in positive terms. I don't live there anymore, but I am deeply rooted in my Southern traditions. We're instant fans! 5 glorious stars for this wonderful lens! :) Tammy & John

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I feel as if I grew up right next door. the details were such that my childhood was rich as I read it.

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      bengriston 8 years ago

      This sounds like just the sort of book my mother would love to receive for Christmas.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @bengriston: Great. I hope you will order her one.

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      @norma-holt: Yes, she is a wonderful "Llens Crafter"!(smile)I am thrilled to be a beneficiary of all of her wonderful creativity!

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much, Tina for introducing me and my book on your blog...some Tennessee representation.. Whoo! Whoo! I am so glad you enjoyed the poems.Keep helping me spread the word.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I recently discovered Patricia Neely-Dorsey and her poetry, Southern Life and others. I enjoyed reading them as it brought memories of my life and places I have been, being a Southern girl myself. I look forward to reading her book and seeing more of her work in the future. Here is the article I wrote recently: SansoneGenealogy Editor of (

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      norma-holt 8 years ago

      This is a lovely lens and easy read. Well done

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Excellent job with this page, it looks great! Beautiful poetry, well done.

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      Lisa 8 years ago from Rhode Island

      wonderful lens this souonds great going to favorite so I can come back i want to get it I hope after the holidays thank you.

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very nice!

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      @Dianne Loomos: Yes, I have always considered myself an unofficial "Goodwill Ambassador" for the Mississippi and the South.With the book, I hope to be more of an official one. In college my nickname was Tupelo because I was always letting people know about home and correcting some of their misconceptions.(smile)

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      @Stazjia: Thank you so much for your interest and support!Please let me know what you think of the book when you read it....then help me spread the word about a wonderful little book of southern poems.

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      @ElizabethJeanAl: Yes, I have "converted" a lot of self-proclaimed non-poetry readers (smile)Give it a try! You'll love it!

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      upmtraveler 8 years ago

      Hi, Patricia! Thanks for commenting on my lens, Mississippi Bookstores. I think we actually met at the Eudora Welty Library when Sherry Pace was signing Historic Churches of Mississippi. My best wishes to you!

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      @upmtraveler: I absolutely love that lens. The pictures are great.I put a link to the site on my website and my posting on literary tourism site.It's so perfect!

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Absolutely! Reflections makes a wonderful choice for anyone on your holiday (or anytime) gift-giving list.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      This sounds wonderful! Sounds like a great "after Christmas" read or perhaps a Christmas gift! Thank you for the recommendation!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens!I normally don't read poetry but this sounds good.Thanks for sharing.Lizzy

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @evelynsaenz1: Evelyn, I wish Pendleton could claim Patricia but she is a Mississippi woman. Actually, we have never met except through emails. The internet sure does make it seem like we all live in the same town, doesn't it. Thank you so much for dropping by here. I thought you would be interested in Patricia's thoughts of writing a Book of Poems for Children.

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      @sittonbull: Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I am so glad you like the poems!You are so right! There is absolutely no one better that I could imagine to usher me in and introduce me.

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      The South is a very unique and special place and I appreciate knowing my Southern friends. It looks like you have a wonderful spokesperson in Patricia Neely-Dorsey.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Your love and passion for the people of the Pendleton, SC area shine through each of your lenses. Thank you for introducing me to Patricia Neely-Dorsey, a poet that I had never heard of before.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      @OhMe: Patricia sent me your links before, and I was charmed by the origin of "Ohme." Behind every tourism story there must be a literary inspiration, an element that would stand alone without the tourism aspect. To me, your granson's choice of that name, so original and cute, is such an inspiration. "Ohme" is also a wonderful title! And there's a park bench named after you--a physical connection to a potential story that fans could actually go visit (along with all the other attractions in your town). Could we talk more on this? I will try to send a Facebook friend request.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Patrick, I just read your story about Moccasin Gap and it was so good. I used to do some white water rafting so really felt the excitement of being in a kayak on the Coosa River. I didn't know what literary tourism was but am glad to find out and find your work fascinating. Thank you for visiting here.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      This is a wonderful! Another poet named Patricia! I love poetry! Blessed by an angel!

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      sittonbull 8 years ago

      It is refreshing and a feel-good exercise to hear and read about the things all of us from the South love and appreciate put into heartfelt poetry. Thank you Patricia and Ohme for bringing this to us "on time & in rhyme" with this wonderful lens. Welcome to Squidoo Patricia and you can have no better Southern Belle than Ohme to usher you in! Looking forward to more!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Wonderful work on this project!

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      Robin S 8 years ago from USA

      This is wonderful!

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      patricianeelydorsey 8 years ago

      Thanks so much for such a wonderful lens to introduce "my little book of southern poems" to the Squidoo community...and to the world.I am overjoyed to have met you and totally delighted to have found such a creative, resourceful and generous new friend.You are truly amazing! Thanks again...for EVERYTHING

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      A wonderful interview and I love magnolias. I enjoyed reading your review, her poetry and I like the poem she wrote about her son.

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      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Beautiful Review. Thanks for sharing this author with us. :)

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      andreaberrios lm 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens, I really enjoy reading it! Thank you for sharing it with us. 5*

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I enjoyed this so very much. Thank You

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Excellent review!

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Her favorites are my favorites, so I'll definitely have to check her out!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      What a beautiful gift! Patricia Neely-Dorsey is such a talented poet and she does capture what it means to be in the south. The pictures are beautiful too! Blessed.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I've never heard of Patricia Neely-Dorsey before but I loved the poem you used here and intend to buy one of her books. Blessed by an Angel.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      How lovely! A wonderful gift idea for friends and certainly a special book I will add to my own collection. Wish I had a swing or rocking chair on the porch to make my reading place complete! Thanks for a special pleasure!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 8 years ago from Lancaster PA

      This gives a true feeling for the Southern Way Of Life, but I am only guessing. I will find out for sure in 4/2010!!####blessed####

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 8 years ago

      Very nice, Nancy!!! It made me homesick again. You are going to keep on until you drag me back to South Carolina permanently, aren't you? LOL I am beginning to think that is your intent! Seriously, it is beautiful...thank you for calling this book to our attention!