|Posted by patricianeelydorsey on October 11, 2009 at 2:13 PM|
Subject: GLOWING REVIEW!!!
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia recently received a glowing review in the Fall 2009 issue of Mississippi Libraries
Check it out!!
Neely-Dorsey, Patricia. Reflections of
a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems.
Jonesboro, AR: GrantHouse Publishers,
2007. 90 pp. $15.00 (paperback)
In Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia:
A Life in Poems, Patricia Neely-
Dorsey has written, in poetic form, a kind
of primer on southern life, manners, and
customs. Her collection of seventy-two
short poems is divided into seven sections:
Southern Life, Country Living, Childhood
Memories, Family History, Getting Personal,
Intimacies, and Summing Things Up.
This is not the angst-ridden poetry of a
tortured soul; instead, “Loving Me” and
“Happy (With the Nappy)” reveal a
woman who is happy, secure, and comfortable
with herself. Free of strict meter,
but usually rhyming, Neely-Dorsey’s poetry
captures images of nature, people, rural
activities, social gatherings, and, of
course, all kinds of food. “Hog Killing
Time” depicts the tasks performed in
preparing a hog for eating; “Country Doctor”
paints a loving, respectful portrait of
the poet’s father in his profession; and
“Right to Vote” is a gentle reminder of the
great difficulties that have been overcome,
so that black people could vote in elections.
It is clear Neely-Dorsey also enjoys
playing with the rhythm of words and
speech, as evidenced in “Neighborhood
Groceries,” “Partyline,” and “Country Living.”
While Neely-Dorsey received her college
education in the Northeast (shown in
her lighthearted frustrations with northern
expressions in “Boston”), it is obvious
from “Mississippi Morning” and “If Mississippi’s
In You” that she deeply loves the
South, especially her native Mississippi.
As she expresses in “Mississippi Through
and Through,” “…I breathe Mississippi. I
move Mississippi. I think Mississippi. I feel
Mississippi. I am, simply, Mississippi
through and through.” This little book of
poems is recommended for all Mississippi
libraries, and will move the reader closer to
understanding just what a “Mississippi
Magnolia” girl is.
Delta Stae University