Mississippi Magnolia- Southern Poems

SOUTHERN POEMS :Celebrating the South- Promoting a Positive Mississippi

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   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.

Rick Torgerson-Delta State University


These poems will let you see the heart and soul of life in the South. 

 With Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia, Patricia Neely-Dorsey gives the world a book that is part biography, part rhymes, part imagination but all Mississippi!

Joey Pinkney-Joey Pinkney Reviews- Raleigh,NC


  - Magnolia Blossom in Georgia by The Rocketeer.

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia
Patricia Neely-Dorsey

I adore poet Patricia Neely-Dorsey's  book _Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems_. She lives the good life! The poems are upbeat, bouncy at times, and make me proud to be a Mississippian. They are positive to the core, and perfect for church gatherings or local clubs to recite for inspiration. To live in Mississippi and not own this book is a shame!

Maggie Moran- Public Services and Reference Librarian- Northwest CC-Senatobia,MS

"Your poetry genuinely uplifts our state better than anything I  have ever read."

Ralph Gordon- Meridian Mississippi- President Mississippi Writers Guild


 " You do so much to promote our beautiful state and in such a heartfelt way"

Bettye McCool Johnson-Kosciusko, MS


 "It is refreshing to read things that build up our beautiful state instead of tearing it down."- San Thomas McLeod - Fulton, MS


 "These are THE books to rep our state!"





"Your poetry promotes itself. It is so down home and truly Southern. It is a book you won't want to put down. Even my Hubby loved it and he seldom reads poems. "

Marjorie Barlow-Smith


Thanks for taking up for Mississippi. People outside the state that have listened to the negative "stuff" about us are amazed how different the story is once they visit/stay. Yes, we have problems like the rest of the country, but due to some of our terrible negative past, ours get magnified where other states are sometimes overlooked. Thanks for all that you do to make things better for all of us that now unashamedly and proudly call ourselves Mississippians.






 Ms. Dorsey describes the south that I personally know, and it dispels all the stereotypes the rest of the country continues to believe. The values of God, country and family/home resonate to the sounds of mockingbirds, the ring of children's laughter and the comrade of the southern people.

Olivia Wright-Red Bay, AL


 "Patricia has a great eye and an ear for the south and the images that make it unique.

I plan to use some of her quick rhymes when working with children in Mississippi schools."

 Heather Truett- Tupelo,MS


 Southern Poetry that is really poetry! 

Your books would go well (in schools) with English, nature studies, history, art,etc."

Margaret Ann Tull-Tupelo, MS




I am a native Mississippian. I know exactly of what the author writes. I have lived it. Mississippi flows through my blood in ways that are nearly inexplicable, and yet, Neely-Dorsey has largely explained it through her poetry. Reading her poetry is like coming home to myself.

Shelia Hutherson

Meridian, MS


I have been a Mississippi Girl for 66 years, and this is the most wonderful little book I have ever read! It is so nice to read and remember so many of the things the poet recalls from her own life. Living in Mississippi has been a joy! I am so proud to be from our state, known for it's hospitality and "down-home" atmo...sphere, southern charm and friendly people! The author captures it all beautifully Every   Mississippi girl should read this delightful book of poems! (And everyone who would like to know what it's like to be a southern magnolia.)

Cheryl Knight Entrekin-Meridian, MS


Patricia Neely-Dorsey's Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems is in itself a picture perfect reflection of life in the South.

Iris Raeshaun- Hattiesburg, MS- Staff writer-OURNEWS Today!


Anyone not familiar with southern tradition and customs would do well to read Neely-Dorsey's collection of poetry...And one needs not be from the south to appreciate these southern gems

Katrina Parker Williams-Author

"Mrs. Dorsey’s passion for life, love, and the South come shining through in this collection..."

Ran Walker-Hampton University, Hampton Roads , VA


Your book showed me how to appreciate the South in a way that I never knew possible.

Rick Giles Hatzidakis-Santa Barbara, CA


It was a pleasure to read Patricia Neely-Dorsey's collection of poems, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems. Neely-Dorsey presents perhaps the most positive view of growing up in Hill Country of any current author I've found --- she is Mississippi first, second, last, and forever! She is a true Hill Country resident and her life experiences are lovingly recorded in her most readable poems.
Terry Thornton

 GLOWING REVIEW of Reflections in Mississippi Libraries publication

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 If you want a glimpse of southern life, come close and walk with me....


Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems

My Magnolia Memories and Musings - In Poems

My books are 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 (and the south) in a different light and I want to introduce you.  I invite you to Meet Mississippi Through Poetry, Prose and the written word.

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Celebrating History, Heritage, Culture and Community

 Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia, A Life in Poems is obviously from Patricia’s heart. If you could really read someone’s mind it would be pretty spiffy. But to be able to really read someone’s HEART is just this side of awesome.

Walt Grayson
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Patricia Neely-Dorsey's fascinating book of poetry takes me back to my childhood years, when times were simpler and lasting memories were shaped. To anyone raised in the rural South, this is a work of art that connects with an inner being that longs to remember its past. 

 Ronnie Agnew
former Executive Editor-The Clarion Ledger
Jackson, MS


"The South--Where roots, place, family and tradition are the essence of identity."

 Social Historian, Carl N. Degler 



In the preface of her book of poetry , This is My Century, Margaret Walker wrote, "If I could write my epitaph it would read: Here lies Margaret Walker Poet and Dreamer...She tried to make her life a poem."

She goes on the write, "The South is my home, and my adjustment or accommodation to the South-whether real or imagined (mystic and legendary),  violent or nonviolent- is the subject and source of all my poetry. It is my life."


These are my sentiments exactly.... I could not have said it any better myself.   I write about the south. The South IS my home. It IS my life. I invite you to share my southern life.... in poems.


 One author/editor of the 19th century once said: "I don't read, I have an intimate conversation with the writer."

That is what I hope to achieve with my book...an intimate conversation  with the reader about the south... giving an upclose and personal view of the southern way of life.

Using poetic storytelling, I hope to, not only, entertain , but also, educate and enlighten, while helping to preserve the beautiful, rich  southern culture,  history and  heritage that I know, along with  promoting and fostering  an appreciation and understanding of the importance of cultural diversity, individuality, self expression and regional pride .


            "Always , Always Celebrating the South and Promoting a Positive Mississippi "


I  think that I would best describe my poetry as "folk poetry"

Storytelling is a special  folk art. To me, folk art is  simply art made/performed by ordinary "folk" for ordinary "folk". Folk artists attempt to freeze their memories into their art and help to preserve the culture and customs of everyday life. With Reflections, I hope to offer a time capsule, of sorts, for future generations, offering a glimpse into the everyday lives of everyday people in our region.

I must admit an affinity for the familiar, the common, the everyday, the ordinary and the simple  things of life. Reflections is essentially "shapshots' from my life in written form of people, places, events and lessons learned.

Some poems in Reflections include: Southern Life, Southern Man, Mississippi Morning, The Magnolia Tree, Country Living, Country Breakfast, Shelling Peas, Slopping Hogs, Hogkilling Time,Making Crackings...




My books focus on elements that are always central in the southern way of life...family, friends, community and sense of place.  As with anything Southern, there's a lot of food thrown in there, too! (smile)  

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems has been called ,among  other things, a poetic love letter to the south and a poetic autobiography. I totally agree.

"A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote."
--Yevgeny Yevtushenko
(1933- )

"Southerners love a good tale. They are born reciters, great memory retainers, diary keepers, letter exchangers . . . great talkers."
~~Eudora Welty



"To understand the world, one must first understand a place like Mississippi.  "      
William Faulkner 


"In the South, the breeze blows softer...neighbors are friendlier, nosier, and more talkative. {By contrast with the Yankee, the Southerner never uses one word when ten or twenty will do}...This is a different place. Our way of thinking is different, as are our ways of seeing, laughing, singing, eating, meeting and parting. Our walk is different, as the old song goes, our talk and our names. Nothing about us is quite the same as in the country to the north and west. What we carry in our memories is different too, and that may explain everything else."

--Charles Kuralt in "Southerners: Portrait of a People"


I am proud to be from the South - where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter; summer starts in April; front porches are wide and words are long; mac and cheese is a vegetable; pecan pie is a staple; Y’all is the only proper pronoun; chicken is fried and biscuits come w/ gravy; everything is darling and someone is always getting their ...heart blessed. -Unknown 


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Review of "Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia," a book of Southern poems by Patricia Neely-Dorsey.