Friday, April 26, 2013

Book Review: Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia & My Magnolia Memories and Musings by Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Life in the south is fascinating to me. Having lived in the Northeast my entire life, I'm used to the fast pace, the Boston dialect, and New England Clam Chowder with its thick, creamy broth. But when we visit North Carolina or Florida, the slow pace, the Southern drawl, and sweet tea are a nice change. That's part of the charm that keeps us coming back on a regular basis.

In her two poetry books, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia and My Magnolia Memories and Musings, native Mississippian, Patrica Neely-Dorsey celebrates Southern history and culture in a moving way.

Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia blends southern life, country living, childhood memories, family history, and personal reflections to come up with a beautiful collection of poems. From "Mississippi Morning" to "Baptismal Sunday," from "Nature Lovers" to "One Room School," and from "Bookworm" to "Our Place," Neely-Dorsey captures the charm, beauty, and simplicity of the south.

My Magnolia Memories and Musings follows the sentiments of the poet's first collection. Some poems appear in both books. In this new volume, readers find a mixture of poems on the seasons, bygone days, and some glimpses into Neely-Dorsey's childhood and old neighborhood. In addition, she gets personal by writing about love, loss, friends, and faith.

The descriptions used in these two volumes allow me to feel like I am at home with the poet in Mississippi. I look forward to more of Neely-Dorsey's collections.


Paperback: 90 pages
Publisher: GrantHouse Publishers; 1 edition (February 22, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 097962942X
ISBN-13: 978-0979629426

Memories and Musings

Paperback: 114 pages
Publisher: Patricia Neely-Dorsey (February 17, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935316478
ISBN-13: 978-1935316473

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I received a free copy of both books from the author through Worldwind Virtual Book Tours. These reviews contain my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.


Patricia Neely-Dorsey said...

Thanks so much for hosting me on the tour and for a wonderful review of my "little books of southern poems".

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by, Patricia. I enjoyed your work.