"Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia - A Life In Poems" by Patricia Neely-Dorsey
About Patricia's Book of Poems
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - A Life in Poems by Patricia Neely Dorsey
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 - 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"
This was Patricia's first book. She now has two books so I hope you will check them both out. This book is filled with a wide variety of beautiful poetry by Patricia Neely-Dorsey.
Patricia Neely-Dorsey's Official Website
Patricia Neely-Dorsey's official site
Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia Book Trailer
"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
Interview With Patricia Neely-Dorsey
Who do you most admire and why?
"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 Love..in 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 call Patricia's P-Attitudes
1)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, bottom line 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
by Patricia Neely-Dorsey
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;
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