DWED Double Feature Review of Patricia Dorsey’s Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems “a celebration of the south and things southern" and "Meet Mississippi through Poetry, Prose and the Written Word"

Rating- **** 4 stars

My thoughts:

I like Poetry. I love the flow of it, the way the words seem to flow so very intricately. Patricia did a wonderful job describing her love for her family, life and home in Tupelo Mississippi. I felt like I could visualize this place although I have never visited.

Each Poem is heart felt; I could feel the emotion attributed to it. Some were funny, some very deep in meaning. I could easily relate to the Poet. A lot of the language and descriptions had very southern dialect but I have heard here in my own home town.

Patricia, through her writing, has conveyed a sweet loving memory of her life and home through her work.

It was very touching and well written.

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - A Life in Poems © 2008

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My Magnolia Memories and Musings - In Poems © 2012

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DWED Interviews Author Patricia Dorsey

DWED: First, tell us a little about yourself:

Patricia: 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, 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.

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.

DWED: Had you always wanted to write poetry about your hometown of Tupelo?

Patricia: I have always loved poetry, but I never really wanted to write poetry or never really decided to write poetry.

It sort of just fell into my lap...or should I say into my bed? LOL!!!
I wrote my very first poem February 14th 2007.

I woke up out of my sleep with a poem just swirling around in my head.

I got up and quickly scribbled it down,

After that first poem, the poems just started to flow and flow.

I believe that the poems were just an overflow of the heart.

So, that naturally entailed things that I love.

Those things include my family, my hometown and my state.

DWED: Can you tell the readers more about Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems?

Patricia: I call both of my books "a celebration of the south and things southern.

There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south, in general. In my books, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life.

DWED: Have you always wanted to be a published author?

Patricia: I never really ever considered writing a book or being an author. After, I had written so many poems, I began to share them with friends and family. One friend kept saying that I should do something with them. I wasn't sure, exactly, what that meant. Some time passed and I went to a book signing of a friend that I had not seen in many years. I showed him my poems. He felt that they should be published. He introduced me to his publisher and the rest is history,

DWED: Has promoting Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems been easy?

Patricia: I always tell people that the REAL work is not in the writing and publishing of a book, but in the marketing and promoting. .

A dear friend of mine and fellow author, Kym Gordon Moore, always says "Some folks think that they have arrived at the publication point, but that is when the hard work begins."

That is so true! It is a full time job.

It takes a lot of patience, persistence and perseverance.

DWED: Are you working on anything currently?

Patricia: I have plans to publish a third book of poetry, which will continue with the same theme of celebrating my love of the south and things southern.

Readers could possibly look for it to be published some time in 2014.

DWED: What can we expect from you in the coming year?

Patricia: Everyone who knows me knows I will be all about "Always, Always, Celebrating the South and Promoting a Positive Mississippi". It is an ongoing, continuous thing for me.

I have speaking engagements, poetry readings and book signings scheduled all throughout the year.

DWED: Do you have a favorite book or genre?

Patricia: I love Maya Angelou and her collection of poems.

I also love I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

It is at the top of my list of all -time favorite books.

DWED: Who would you say has been an influence in your life?

Patricia: Along with strong values , ethics, encouragement, support and unconditional love, my mother gave me a passionate love for reading and writing, My father gave me an appreciation for poetry and great literature, especially that of African-American origin.

My great love of poetry, actually, came from him.

DWED: Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?

Patricia: I want to show readers that there is SO much more to the story than all of the negatives usually portrayed about Mississippi and the south.

There is much to love about this much maligned and misunderstood part of our country.

I invite readers to meet Mississippi through Poetry, Prose and the Written Word.

My books are available online from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Readers can find out more on my website: www.patricineelydorsey.webs.com

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