Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Celebrating National Poetry Month - Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Patricia Neely-Dorsey is a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Mississippi.  She 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, she returned to her hometown in August 2007. Her first book of poetry was published in February, 2008 (Grant House Publishers).

Patricia Neely Dorsey's Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems is "a true celebration of the south and things southern." The author states, "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. I try to show that there is much 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." 

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

APRIL- National Poetry Month 
Some ideas on how you might celebrate National Poetry Month
* Try writing an original poem
* Read poetry to your children/grandchildren
* Recite some poetry at an open-mic/ spoken-word venue
* Read a biography of a famous poet..see what made them tick
*Send a poem to a friend or loved one
*Support/Promote the work of a local poet
*Volunteer to read some poetry at a local school ,nursing home or retirement community
*Buy a wonderful book of poetry for yourself....and a friend.
 (preferably Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia- A Life in Poems by Patricia Neely-Dorsey) (smile)


My daddy helped me to love poetry,
He liked that kind of thing;
On Sunday mornings we'd recite,
"When Malindy Sings."
I loved the rhythm and the rhyme,
Each stanza and each verse;
We'd just say it how we felt,
With no need to rehearse.
I like to write my own poems now,
And let my own words flow;
I find that there are things inside,
I want other folks to know.
It's such a wonderful feeling,
To see my own words in print;
Sometimes, I think the words I write,
Are truly heaven sent.
Wherever it all comes from,
It's something I love to do;
It's my hope ,in some small way,
It's most enjoyable to you.
Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey

poems from Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems

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.
Ther'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

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems
" a celebration of the south and things southern"
"Meet Mississippi Through Poetry, Prose and The Written Word"


Mason Canyon said...

Thanks for introducing me to this "new to me" poet. The fact that she is a Southern is an added bonus. Enjoyed the post.

Thoughts in Progress

Vicki Lane said...

Charming! I believe I've met Patricia before -- on The Writers Porch, perhaps?

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for having me as a guest blogger... introducing me to your readers and helping me to Celebrate Poetry Month and the South!

Patrick Brian Miller said...

This was such a wonderful book that made me laugh so many times and often touched my heart. I liked her so much that I featured her twice on the Southeastern Literary Tourism Initiative.