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Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia

I’d like to introduce my lovely readers to a fellow writer from my hometown.  Patricia Neely-Dorsey is author of Reflections of A Mississippi Magnolias: A Life In Poems.  Like me, she has great interest in educating the masses about what Mississippi is really like.  In her book, she celebrates the south and all things southern.  As Patricia says,

There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. In my book, using  childhood memories, personal thoughts and dreams, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life. In my book I try to show that there is much is more to Mississippi and the south than all of the negatives usually portrayed. I invite readers to Meet Mississippi (and the south) Through Poetry ,Prose and The Written Word.”

This is a particular hot button for me, as I’ve so frequently encountered misconceptions and ignorance from people who have never had the opportunity to visit my home state.  So more power to you, Patricia!

If you’re a poetry fan or simply want to learn a bit more about Mississippi from someone who loves it, check out Patricia’s book, available here at Amazon.

And here’s a sample from Reflections:

SOUTHERN LIFE
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-Dorsey

from Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life In Poems

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