Southerners and Southern Wannabes


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
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.

What did you think of that poem…huh? If your like me….you want to read more!

I have often said to people, “You have to be from the South to really understand our Southern Ways.” But, Patricia has captured our “ways”, and our “life” in this fantastic book of Southern Poems!!!

If your a Southerner…you need this book of Southern poems. If your a Southern wannabe you need this book to, you will understand everything about the South and our Southern way of life! Southern wannbes this book will give you a FULL idea and understanding of what the Southern Life really means…the way we think, eat, talk, and live.

For me, this book brought back so many Southern childhood memories….like “Childhood Christmas”, Reed’s Dept. Store”, and “Little Miss Perfect” just to name a few!


The day I received this book…I immediately fixed me a little lunch and started reading…I didn’t put it down until I had finished! It’s a FUN and QUICK read!

This is a book for all Southerners, for we can all relate so much of our own lives, in the South, to this book of Southern Poems…”Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia”

patricia 2Every poem is like a short story that will flood your mind with feelings of Southern comfort, charm, joy, tears, and laughter! Oh, and a appetite for some good ole Southern Food!


This is Patricia Neely-Dorsey the Beautiful Southern Author of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia.

DSC07096 My favorite over all view of this book, is the way Patricia took the negative thoughts or stigma about the South and turned it upside down with some good ole Southern Charm! Y’all know my LOVE for all people, places and things Southern! It was an absolute honor and pleasure to do this review! I hope when Patricia publishes her other books, she will give me the honor of doing a review!

I also want to add~ that I have always been a person that has been intimidated with poetry. I was a little reluctant to say, yes I would love to do this review, however Patricia emailed me a few of the poems, and I knew I had to READ more! There is NOTHING intimidating about this book. Patricia puts FUN into her poetry!

Thank You Patricia for a fun, and fantastic Southern Book!!!

Want this book or NEED this book? Do you have a friend with a BD coming up? Are you a Southern gal and one of your close friends is not Southern…BUY her this book! Are you a gal that has always been curious about us Southerners….Buy this book! You won’t regret it!!! You will regret it if you don’t get it! You will Love it, every much as I do!!! Available at……

I also have had the honor of interviewing Patricia about “Reflections Of A Mississippi Magnolia”

HI Patricia,
I have to tell you I am so excited about doing this review! I absolutely love Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia!!!!! I am so thrilled to have the honor of reviewing your "Baby", and what an even bigger honor to be able to do an interview with you. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. And, an even bigger Thank You for writing a book about the South and putting it into Poetic words that bring such Southern Comfort, Charm, Joy, Tears and Laughter...oh and a Southern appetite ;) Let's get started~

1.Tell us a little about YOU.

The paramount characteristic about myself is that I am a southern girl through and through. I think that this affects almost every other area in my life. It affects how I think, how I move , how I breathe and how I have my total being in this world. I have several poems in the book that allude to this fact.

Beyond that, I am from Tupelo Mississippi. I currently live in Tupelo, after living almost 20 yrs in Memphis TN, working in the mental health field. I am married to a wonderful southern man named James .

We have one son, Henry, age 10.

I consider myself a very late bloomer as far as poetry writing is concerned.

I wrote my very first poem Febraury 14th 2007 at the age of 43.

My book was published one year later in February 2008.

2. What are some the the people, places or things that inspires you to write a poem?

Oh my goodness, My love for the south and my life in the south is and was the total inspiration for this book and my poems. That ,of course, entails so many elements such as food, family, friendships ect.

The beauty all around in the south is almost indescribable , the people/relationships are beyond compare and the food is know (LOL)...

We are all about the food and we use any excuse to eat.

As you found and readers will find, I have a lot of poems that talk about food.(LOL)..not just any food, though..Southern food!

The cooks in the south and dishes that they make are untouchable as far as I am concerned. There is nothing like it ....anywhere!

Of course, there are a WHOLE LOT of wannabes! (LOL)

I call it undercover Southern (LOL)

Southern "stuff" is just at the top of my list of everything!

Someone once said, there are so many good writers in and from the south because we don't have to make anything true so true!

My book is a celebration of the south and things southern.

3. How did you come up with the title Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia?

That was a very simple decision.

I really already had that name for my collection of poems, even before I had any idea that that I would have a published book.

I am from Mississippi. Mississippi women are often called Mississippi Magnolias. I am a Mississippi Magnolia. The book is compiled of mostly my reflections and remembrances of childhood. Thus, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia was the natural choice.

4. What do you want the readers to learn from this book?

I hope that readers will recognize and appreciate all of the wonderful things that the south has to offer.

There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. I want to show a flip side of the coin. In the book,I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life.

I hope that readers outside of the south, especially, will see that there is much to love about the southern way of life.

We southerners already know. I just want to bring it all back to us to "reflect " on it , if you will. (smile)

5. What have you learned from this whole experience?

I have learned how much all southerners are really alike deep down. We all kind of remember and appreciate the same things.

We all have had, basically, many of the same experiences.

There is a strong common thread that runs among us.

As far as the book business is concerned, or the "business of books", as I call it, I have learned that the easy part is the writing. The real work is in the marketing and promoting. I am really working hard to get the word out about my "little book of southern poems." I appreciate so much that you helping me to do that here on your blog.

6. Is there any more books or poetry books that you are writing or will be writing?

Yes, I have two more books that are bascially finished and ready to publish when the time is right. One is more mostly southern

remembrances and the other is mostly very intimate love poems,
The Secret Garden of poems.

My publisher is also encouraging me to do an illustrated children's book using age appropriate poems from Reflections.

Everyone seems to think that this is a great idea.

7. Have you ever thought about writing a poetry books about other Southern states?

Well, the book is called Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia because thats me..that's where I am from but it really is about all of the south.

8. Is there anything I haven't ask or mentioned that you want to share with us?

I just want to say that this book has something for all ages and all parts of the country. It is not a book just for southerners.

I am always posing the question to people if they think that "a little book of southern poems" can have widespread mass appeal.

I think that it can and I hope that this will be the case with Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia. I got an e-mail right before Christmas from a woman who is from Paris, France who bought the book and loved it. She said that the country living poems, especially, brought back some of the best memories of her life when she would go visit her aunt's farm in the country as a child.

That blew me away!

I hope that your readers will help to give "my baby" it's spot in the literary world and give it a chance to shine, while helping all of us southerners and the place that we hold so dear a chance to shine along with it.

The book is available from



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"


Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

Hi Nancy...thanks for coming by today. I hope you and your family had a wonderful July 4th weekend.

Unknown said...

Thank you Nancy for such a wonderful review and blog posting!
You really did me and my "little book of southern poems proud!"

Dawn said...

Ohhh, fried pies. My grandmother used to make fried apricot pies but I've never been able to come up with a recipe that turned out like hers. What sweet memories.
Dawn(a wannabe)

Barbara said...

Nancy, I enjoyed your intervew and will check in to ordering her book. Thanks for sharing this.



Jane In The Jungle said...

Great interview Nancy!!!
Will definitly get a stash of these for Christmas presents!
What Southern girl wouldn't appreciate Southern poems!!

Stacey said...

What a wonderful poem! I am thinking that Patricia's book would make a great Christmas gift for some of the southern women in my family. :) Thank you so much for reviewing and introducing us to Patricia and her "right on" poems.

Unknown said...

I must say, so many people have told me what a great , appreciated gift Reflections has made for friends and family for
birthdays, anniversaries, Mothers Day,
Christmas stocking stuffers and even in Easter baskets!
That is heartwarming!
Enjoy! Enjoy!
Buy! Buy! Buy! (LOL)

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

I am in the process of reading Patricia's book right now and I just love it. I have several ordered as Christmas gifts.

Missy Wertz said...

Oh Nancy what a great book! I will have to check it out! Thank you for introducing us to Patricia. {Nice to meet you!}

Being raised and living in the south all my life, I can certainly relate.

Heartfelt living said...

Good morning pretty lady! The book sounds wonderful, I will certainly check it out.
I used to be a southern girl till 1977 and have live here in the northeast ever since but I'm pretty sure there is a southern girl still hidden in there somewhere!
Have a great week!

Unknown said...

Thank you ALL for your overwhelming support of the book.
One note..of course the book is available on Amazon but I would love to see you support the independant local (southern) bookstore here in Tupelo with your orders.
It is owned by the Reeds family which has had a Dept. store here since 1905!
I have a poem about the store in my book (smile)

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

What a great poem and interesting interview! I like that she encourages people to purchase locally!


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I know I would love this book, Nancy. Thanks so much for the review!

Unknown said...


My hubby is from Tupelo. I am thinking the book is a great gift from some lady friends of mine, like Stacey.

I am definitely ordering this book and checking her out.

You are so sweet to highlight all these wonderful people.


Jessica said...


I hope you enjoyed your weekend and thank you so much for your sweet comments on my ( 18 yr old ) baby girl & I. :)

I must have a copy of this book~ I'm captivated.

Hugs~ J

Melissa Miller said...

How wonderful Nancy!
You were so sweet to review it for her. It really sounds like a fantastic read. I need to order a few books from Amazon. I'll definitly add it to my list.

Have a great day my friend.
~Melissa :)

Deana said...

Hi Nancy!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed my bird feeder project.

Have a fabulous week!!

Sue said...

Nancy you know this Southern Wannabe will be checking out Mississippi Magnolia. What a delightful interview with the very charming author. Thank you for introducing us to her.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Sounds great Nancy.Thank for sharing this with us !

bj said...

Fabulous post!! Enjoyed it so much.
xo bj

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy,

I hope you had a nice 4th :) We finally had some BEAUTIFUL weather here in the NE.

I think I know a Yankee (me) that would love to read this I've told you before that I think I was a Southern Belle in a previous life...

Nice interview, it's a pleasure to meet you Patricia :)

Kathy :)

ps it's my birthday next I think I may drop a hint or two (perhaps 3) to hubby about this book :)

Unknown said...

Thank you Thank you
for your kind words and reception of the book.
Please Please let me know your thoughts when you read it...and possibly put a little blurb on your blogs to help me spread a positive word about this wonderful part of the country that we know and love (smile)

Debra from Bungalow said...

Hi Nancy, I'm not a southern gal, I'm a yankee1 My daughter lives near Rogersville, TN, and I certainly will attest to the fact that there is a huge difference between northerners and southerners! So when I visit it's a big adjustment for me, but I like it!

Thanks for visiting my blog, I hope you'll visit often.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Great post and wonderful interview! I am a transplanted southerner and I have alot to learn :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Nancy! Oh, what a beautiful poem and I loved your interview with the author! Growing up in Alabama, I'm a southern gal too and did really relate to all the 'fried' things to eat. At our house if it wasn't fried you didn't eat it! :)
I've entered your name in my giveaway - hope you win!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

santamaker said...

Love the south....Love the poem. Sounds like a wonderful book.

Tee said...

I'm a GRITS and proud of it. That little poem certainly captures life in the south. 'Cept right now our grass is brown and crunchy 'cause it ain't rained in a month-a-Sundays. Think I'll be ordering a copy or three of this book.

Miss Janice said...

Nancy, I loved the book and you did an awesome with the interview!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Nancy, This is a wonderful post! You got me so excited about this book! I can't wait to go buy it for myself and for friends! Loved the poem you shared! I enjoyed your interview with the author so much! She is obviously an amazing lady! Love her quote about Southern writers not having to make anything up! laurie