Mississippi Magnolia- Southern Poems

SOUTHERN POEMS :Celebrating the South- Promoting a Positive Mississippi


 My name is Patricia Neely-Dorsey.  I am a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Mississippi... located in the beautiful red clay "Hills" of Mississippi..and yes, the birthplace of Elvis Presley.  I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. After living for almost 20 years in Memphis, Tennessee, working in the mental health field, I returned to my hometown in August  2007. My first book of poetry, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia- A Life In Poems   was published in February, 2008 (Grant House Publishers). My second book , My Magnolia Memories and Musings -In Poems was published in February 2012.

 I currently live in Tupelo with my  husband James,son Henry,and Miniature Schnauzer, Happy. I am a proud, active  member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,an avid reader and  passionate writer. 

I have always considered myself a "Goodwill Ambassador" for Mississippi and the south. In college my nicknames were Tupelo and Mississippi. Whenever my friends saw me coming, they knew that there would be some type of discourse about Mississippi and the south soon to follow...hoping to clear up their many misconceptions and preconceived notions. ...Yes, we DO have shoes in Mississippi.We might not wear them all of the time...but we do have them!(LOL)

I believe that we can bridge many gaps of misunderstanding across regional, racial, cutural, generational and economic lines by simply telling/sharing our stories.  Miguel Algarin said, "When I see what you see, the distance between us disappears."

I travel all around my state speaking at schools, churches, libraries and various civic organizations, delivering the message of a positive Mississippi and a positive southern experience....According to me, one of the best places to live in ALL of the world is POSITIVELY MISSISSIPPI !!! (smile)


 Patricia Neely-Dorsey - Author / Poet/ Speaker 




 live in ALL of the world is POSITIVELY MISSISSIPPI !!! (smile)





With Reflections, you are sure to chuckle and laugh outloud ,at times, and maybe  even shed a crocodile tear or two. But, you are most certain to relive, if only in your mind, some of your own most  beautiful childhood memories.

Whether from North, East, South or West you will be able to relate to some of the simple joys of times past.

QUOTABLE:The best of a book is not the thought(s)  which it contains, but the thought(s) which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts.--Oliver Wendell Holmes

PND: This book is one that is sure  to be felt in the deep recesses of your heart.




I try to paint beautiful pictures of Mississippi and the South..with words...for all to see and enjoy.

The beauty of Mississippi (the South) and it's people is much of why I so passionately do what I do. 




 I believe that poetry should be  assessable,readable,and enjoyable for all ages. I think that Reflections fits that description. With it's simple language and relatable themes, it can be  read ,enjoyed and understood by readers of all ages 8 to 80 (and beyond). There is definitely something in Reflections for everyone.

Many of my poems are rhyming poems.  It is very sad to me that the "Modern Poetry " movement has, in many ways, tried to totally disregard, dismiss and discredit rhyming poems in general in this era,considering that the rhyming poems of the past have been the most remembered, most recited and memorized poems over the past hundreds of years. The rhyming poems have been the ones, for generations that school children have been given to learn. The rhyming poems are the ones that have been so frequently repeated and referred to in  acceptance and motivational speeches. The rhyming poems have been the ones that have captivated the hearts of the general poetry lover. Now, rhyming poems have been labeled by so many in academia as "hobby poetry"....so sad. Can you actually find a more famous or move beloved poem than  Edgar Allan Poe's rhyming poem "Annabelle Lee"? Are there any more beautiful poems than the many rhyming poems of Emily Dickinson?


Reader Comments: 

 Ms Neely,
Thank you so much for bringing your wit, charm and personality to the world.
I was raised in rural NY and am so drawn to country living, farms, etc. Your poems take me back to that place of comfort. The south is definitely different than the north but the emotions and feelings of a sweet childhood are all there. Thank you so much!

  Jessica Parker

"Read and re-read your book just because it makes me smile."

Margaret Duncan Montgomery-Pontotoc, MS

 "Thank you for such uplifting poetry to treasure forever"

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 Mississipians.

Bobby -Fulton, MS

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

Rick Giles Hatzidakis-Santa Barbara, CA


JP: What sets Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia apart from other collections of poetry?

PND: I think that all poetry is very unique and individual like a fingerprint because of where it comes from. Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia is a collection that essentially chronicles my whole life up until this present time. The book includes poems about things that happened to my parents before I was born, my early childhood growing up in Mississippi, my college years in Boston, meeting my husband on a blind date, love, marriage, my son, and thoughts about mid-life…where I am now ( the Fabulous Forties). Specifically, it is my life in poems. Generally, it is a true celebration of the south and things southern. One reader called it a “love letter to the South”

PND: That’s funny. I don’t really have a process. I just write the poems down as they come. That can be at any time and any place (very often in my car). The entire process from writing my first poem (Feb 2007) to the actual publication of the book (Feb 2008) took exactly one year. The actual publication process which included the submission of the poems, editing, proofing, cover design, and all that took less than two months. The poems was submitted the first week of January 2008 , all of the appropriate changes and additions were done and the book arrived at my door February 22, 2008





"Patricia is  a wonderful ambassador for Mississippi . This book is  truly a work of love!

No one from Mississippi should be without this book!!! "

When I got Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia, I started reading her “reflections” I fell in love with southern living all over again. Patricia speaks of everything from food to family, and all between. Her poems were a pleasant trip down memory lane. 




available for: speaking engagements/poetry  readings/book signings
schools, book clubs, social clubs, civic organizations, libraries, retirement facilities 
1196 CR 681 Saltillo,MS 38866  cell:(901) 848-6800

Tupelo author visits Northwest
By LaJuan Tallo| 5/6/09

Mississippi author Patricia Neely-Dorsey of Tupelo came to the R.C. Pugh Library on the Senatobia campus of Northwest Mississippi Community College to sign her new book, “Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poetry,” on May 5.

Neely-Dorsey read from her poetry and answered questions at the gathering. The book is a celebration of the South and all things Southern.

 "Patricia is a wonderful ambassador for Mississippi and her book is truly a labor of love."

No one from Mississippi should be without this book!!! "
Author  Patricia Neely-Dorsey with Northwest CC Librarian Maggie Moran

AKA members honor Mississippi author

Members of Iota Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. attend the reading and book signing of sorority member Patricia Neely-Dorsey’s new book Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia at the Carnegie Public Library. Members in attendance were, from left, Cassonya M. Lampkin, Venesia G. Brown, Jeraldean Barron, guest speaker Patricia Neely-Dorsey, Bea Reid, Christine McDaniel, Patricia Brown, and Jimmie Sellers.
 February 7. 2009

Poetry Reading/Booksigning Clarksdale Carnegie Library



Savvy Bookclub- Author Meet and Greet/Booksigning-April 2009

Willie Morris Library   Jackson,MS 


Mississippi poet, Patricia Neely-Dorsey, is a wonderful ambassador for Mississippi and this book is truly a  labor of love!

No one from Mississippi should be without this book!!!
"You are a breath of sunshine"
Fredda Sanderson-Iuka Public Library-Iuka, MS
I was priviledged to purchase this "little book of poems" first at a book-signing, and to hear many of them read in the authors own musical voice. I must say that as I read the remainder of her poems, it was her voice that I heard intoning the words, her soft Mississippi accent hitting the syllables just right, playing like a haunting melody from yesteryear in my head. -Shelia Joy Hutcherson

 Lunching with Books-Pontotoc, MS  August 11, 2009
Patricia Neely-Dorsey  brings the south to life in vivid detail through poetic storytelling.
Patricia is available for poetry readings /booksignings for your group or organization
Schedule your event today! (901) 848-6800
"Meet Me and Mississippi" poetry writing workshop
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Book Signing @ Okolona Carnegie Library by Dixie Regional Library System.

 Poetry Reading/Book signing Okolona Carnegie Library 


Fulton ,MS


Work featured in:
Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal-VIEW Magazine 
March 2008
The Voice Community News-January 2009
Today's Mississippi Woman Febraury 2009
DeSoto Magazine- Feb/March Issue 2009
Today in Mississippi
USADeep South-Summer 2009 Issue  www.usadeepsouth.ms11.net/pnd300.html
Muscadine Lines-Summer 2009 Issue
Tennessee Tribune-
Images of Tupelo-2009/2010 Issue
Oxford So and So Southern  Journal- Sept/Oct  2009 Issue
The Bodock Post-November 2009 Issue
Mississippi Libraries-Fall 2009 Issue-Book Review
Founding member-"It's Art" Network
helping to promote art appreciation and accessibility in the undeserved community
Founding member-Northside Documentaries
helping to preserve  the cultural heritage and history of the beautiful "Mississippi Hills "region through the arts
Board member- Link Centre Performing Arts Commission
Member-Community Development Foundation
Coordinator - REAL LOVE reading literacy program
Creator and Facilitator of  "Meet  Me and Mississippi "
creative writing workshops
Member NEWMS- New Expectations for Women In Mississippi
Participant -Jim Ingram Community Leadership Institute
Director of Public Relations- Southeast Literary Tourism Initiative
BOARD OF DIRECTORS-Mississippi Writers Guild
Staff Writer-Greater Tupelo Magazine-Tupelo,MS
Contributing Writer-WHOA  Women Magazine-Jackson,MS
Speaker RUST COLLEGE- Lyceum/Artist Lecture Series