Monday, July 20, 2009

Do You Know Southern Poet -- Patricia Neely Dorsey?

Patricia Neely Dorsey is a follower on this site LIVING ABOVE THE FROST LINE. She is a practicing poet with a new poetry collection recently published. You may know her poems. If not, I want to introduce you to this southern poet from Mississippi.

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 her own words:

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."

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



Tipper said...

Thank you for the introduction-I enjoyed her poem!

Patricia Neely-Dorsey said...

Thank you so much for introducing me and my little book of southern poems" on your site. It is greatly appreciated.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

I enjoyed this poem by Ms. Dorsey very much. I'm so glad you introduced her work to us. I'm wondering if she's related to any of the Dorseys who live here in Clay County, NC. I'm friends with this family. Thank you for this wonderful posting.