Friday, February 7, 2014

Books of Southern Poetry by Patricia Neely-Dorsey



Update! Congratulations to Patsy who said...
"I'm from Mississippi too. I live in Laurel. I would love the book of poems of Mississippi." ~Patsy H.
Patsy left me her email so she's already been contacted. Thanks so much everybody for participating!

Except for the distinct connection between poetry, romance and food, this post today isn't directly related to food, but with Valentine's Day approaching us, I wanted to share these books of poetry by one of our Mississippi treasures, Patricia Neely-Dorsey. You may recognize Patricia by her widely popular poem entitled "Southern Life" that has often been shared around the net.

Southern Life
Patricia grew up in Tupelo and after graduating college in Boston, where friends nicknamed her Mississippi and Tupelo because of her passion for them both, she spent many years of her psychology career in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2007, she returned to the roots of her hometown, where she wrote two books of poetry - the first, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - A Life in Poems, followed by My Magnolia Memories and Musings in Poems.

There are so many negative misconceptions about both Mississippi and the South, but Patricia has taken on the self-appointed role as our Mississippi good-will ambassador and it is through her poetic prose that she hopes to leave the reader with a more positive impression of how she feels about them both.

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - A Life in Poems
This collection is a true celebration of the South and things Southern, and has been called a poetic love letter to the South. The author invites readers to meet the real Mississippi through poetry and the written word. You'll find titles such as "Sounds of Summer," "Mississippi Morning," "Soul Food Restaurant," "Country Breakfast," "Shelling Pea," "Childhood Memories," "Neighborhood Groceries," "Tupelo," "Warm and Fuzzy" and "Our Place."
"Reading Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia: A Life in Poems was an emotional experience for me. Neely-Dorsey's accounts of her life experiences are so vivid and so true to the region that what she writes of Lee County, Mississippi, could be universal events throughout the Hill Country and elsewhere."
"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."
"This delightful book brings me back to a time and a place I do not know. It makes me feel like I really missed something by not growing up in Mississippi. Every poem draws word pictures and brings to mind scents and sounds to transport the reader to an event, whether it's shucking peas to killing hogs, to the old country church, or the high school band and drill team."
Magnolia Memories and Musings in Poems
In her next book, Patricia Neely-Dorsey continues to celebrate our South. Through personal thoughts, observations, and childhood memories, Patricia gives us an up close and positive glimpse into the Southern way of life.

You'll find poems titled "Natchez Trace," "Southern Comfort," "Nicknames," "Dawn by the Lake," "The Shack," "Preacher's Wife," "Back in the Day," "Neighborhood Gossip," "My Childhood Room," "The King," "Home," "Seasons of Love" and "Family Tree."
"Patricia Neely-Dorsey's second poetry book looks and sounds a lot like the first one if you only look at the cover and the title, but I was pleasantly surprised to find fresh, truly new material inside its pages. As I began to read through the poems, I noticed that the poet's style and view on life had evolved and changed a little since the first collection. Although the subjects covered are similar in some ways to those explored in the first book, they are often tackled in a different way in this collection."
"Once, life seemed somehow simpler, when a family was strong, unified and resolved in its beliefs - a time of Magnolia Memories. We had pride in who and what we were then, the same sort of pride that shines through every word in this book. I share Ms. Neely-Dorsey's love of country and state, a love of the warmth of the past. I highly recommend My Magnolia Memories and Musings to those who would share these peaceful reflections of a true Southern belle."
"Warm and sweet as drizzled honey on a homemade Mississippi biscuit, My Magnolia Memories and Musings lingers in the reader's mind long after the last page is turned. In its pages, I found so many similarities with my own life that I identified with the author herself."
A perfect gift for Valentine's Day, or for just yourself anytime, you'll find Patricia's books at your favorite bookstore or order them direct from Amazon, visit her on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, check her Pinterest board, or visit her website to learn more. 2014 calendars are still available for purchase as well. Click here to find out how to order one.


GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Patricia has generously offered to give one lucky reader a choice of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - A Life in Poems, or a 2014 calendar. Simply comment below to enter which you would prefer, anddon't forget to leave your name so we can let you know if your name is selected with the random draw. Because of international shipping constraints, this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only please. Giveaway closes Monday, February 10, 2014 at noon CST. Good luck!

Mississippi Through and Through, by Patricia Neely-Dorsey
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Reflections and Magnolia Memories to review, plus another copy of Reflection to offer in this giveaway.

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53 comments:

  1. I'd like to win the book. :)
    Julie F.

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  2. I would love to receive a copy of Reflections and Magnolia Memories. My Father and his family was born and raised in Winona Mississippi.

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  3. I would love to win the calendar! thanks for the chance!! Love your blog!!

    Joey

    joeycanwin(at)gmail(dot)com *In case I'm the lucky winner haha:)

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  4. I would enjoy a copy of Reflections. It sounds like a wonderful trip down memory lane, Southern style. It would be a companion time after time!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Bobbi
    bobbifrye3@gmail.com

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  5. As a Mississippian,,(AND proud of it !) would love to win one of her books.....So happy to see someone from Mississippi get some recondition for which she justly deserves !
    Sue

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  6. As a genetic Southerner living away from "home" I would love to own and read "Reflections" to bring Peace and Comfort to my lonely soul.
    Ed M.

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  7. I would love to win the book. After living in Kentucky and Maryland for nearly 30 years I moved back home to Mississippi to retire. Will living away when I was asked where I was from I would reply Mississippi but that I was currently living so-n-so.

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  8. I would love to win one of the books ....I love anything and everything about the South....I have lived here all my life and have deep roots here and a sincere appreciation for all things Southern. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  9. Her work is heart-warming. I do so love my Mississippi!

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  10. I would love to have her book Reflections. I myself am from DeKalb Ms., I left home for some years, now I am back home in Meridian Ms.. It would be a honor to win one of her books, Thank You for the opportunity to have a chance to win one of her books. April T. @ aprilthrash67@gmail.com

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  11. I would love to win the book!! I love poetry and especially at Valentines Day :)
    shariblove@yahoo.com

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  12. I would love to have her book! Thanks to both of you for this chance.
    Joan in VA

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  13. I'd love to win a copy of 'Reflections'....it would be a gift to my daughter that lives in Mississippi. I miss her and the slow deliberate lifestyle of the deep South.Thanks for the opportunity.

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  14. Oh my a choice? lol A calendar would be just fine. Thanks for the chance to win ..

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  15. How about the book. Thank you for the chance.

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  16. I would love to have a chance at winning the book.

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  17. I would love to win the Reflections book. I am from Gautier, MS and am a proud Mississippian! I plan to buy some books for gifts. Thank you!

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  18. I love the South, would love the book. The glimpse of the book makes it very appealing.

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  19. I would love to win the book!! Thanks for the chance to win. :) Tess P.

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  20. I would love to be entered for the book. I'm a Southern girl and would love to know more about Mississippi. Thanks so much for her kind offer.

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  21. I would love to win: "Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia--A Life In Poems"

    Tricia Protzman

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  22. I would like to win the book, Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  23. I would love to win the book "Reflections" brislenn@aol.com

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  24. I would love to have her book, "Reflections" Thanks for the opportunity to learn about this book.
    Sue Calrk

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  25. I would love to have the book since I am a native Mississippian living in AZ.
    P. Dreyer

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  26. I would love the Calendar. I have both books, and have bought different periodicals select poems have been featured in. Great write up for Patricia and her talent.

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  27. I would love the book.
    Melinda Gray

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  28. I'm from Mississippi too. I live in Laurel. I would love the book of poems of Mississippi. Patsy H.
    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  29. I would love whichever one I could get! As a southern woman trying to spread southern hospitality & food in the great northwest for the past 30 + years the words brings back those wonderful memories and feelings I miss! Thanks for the opportunity..Antoinette

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  30. I would like to win the book. Jan

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  31. I would love to receive a copy of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia--A Life In Poems. I was born in the South and after 35 years of living in the North, I have retired and moved back to the South where I was born and raised..

    Debra
    smrchek@sccoast.net

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  32. I'd love a copy of the book Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia so I could give it too my sister who is a transplanted Magnolia

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  33. I would love to win the calendar :)

    Good Luck, everyone!

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  34. I would like to have the book. Good Luck everyone and Thank you for the opportunity. I don't know which profile to use so here is my email: kcenco3@aol.com, Kathryn Evans.

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  35. I would love to have the book of poetry. I am from MS and living so far away, having access to poems that remind me of home would be so wonderful. michelle_willms at yahoo dot com

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  36. I would love to have the poetry book. I, too, am from the south and would enjoy the poems from the south. Cynthia Smit email- smith.cynthia.r@gmail.com

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  37. I am another person that would love to win the book...love the idea of reading poetry being written in this day & time

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  38. Would love to win her book-Sonja Duggar ksduggar@yahoo.com

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  39. I would love to win the book. I homeschool my three youngest daughters and this would be a perfect addition to my literature collection.

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  40. I would love to win the calendar! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

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  41. What a wonderful opportunity to win either the calendar of the book! Bon Appetit Y'all to everyone!

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  42. I would love the book.
    jawales@comcast.net

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  43. I would love the book. I too, have Mississippi in my blood. :)
    mervinramer@sbcglobal.net

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  44. As a displaced Southerner, I would love the book-Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - A Life in Poems. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and recipes!

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  45. Would love to have a copy of your book. I miss Mississippi !!! Putnamk1968@gmail.com

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  46. I love, love, love poetry; and Southern poetry in particular!

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  47. I would love a copy of the book.
    savage.betty@gmail.com

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  48. I would love a copy of her book!!!

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  49. Would love to win this book-Have heard Patricia speak at a RCDC banquet and am very impressed!!

    Sharon Wigginton

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    1. I would love to win Reflections.

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  50. I would love the book. Thanks,

    Sherri
    reeree821@aol.com

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  51. Giveaway is closed - thanks for entering & good luck!

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