Monday, August 10, 2009

Birthday Giveaway #3-Reflection of a Mississippi Magnolia Book


Baby J is sleeping and I spent the most wonderful evening reading Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia, A Life in Poems from cover to cover. It's a short read, 0nly 87 pages long, but it is full of life. The hum of the city was in my immediate background, but author Patricia Neely-Dorsey transported me back home to the South for just a bit. I could almost hear the crickets and feel the balmy Southern heat as I read poem after poem about my beloved South. Thanks to the internet and a shared love for Magnolias, Patricia found my blog and asked me to check out her first book, a book of poems about her life in the South (Mississippi in particular).

Her poem, "The Rules", is a poem about the rules that every Southern child is taught. I look forward to teaching Baby J his Southern manners. Yes Ma'am, no Ma'am. No thank you, Sir and always say good morning, just to name a few.

There were also a lot of Patricia's poems that shared her stories of a childhood in the country. I loved "Country Doctor," written about her experiences going on house calls with her Dad who sometimes would only be paid with a slab of bacon.

"Boston/Language Barrier," made me laugh out loud as she wrote about her experience going to college and finding that everyone used "different" words. And, "Too Cold For Comfort" spoke straight to my heart being a Southern transplant in a chilly Northern city. I loved all of her poems about the country and country living. Every mention of biscuits made my mouth water as I contemplated hopping on the 6 train to Harlem to search out the nearest soul food restaurant.

There are also more serious poems, such as "Right to Vote," which is about the stories her parents told her about obtaining their right to vote. And, if you are from Mississippi, there is a whole selection of poems just for you! As a Southern girl born and bred, this book of poems was a delightful read. It provided glimpses of the South I know and love and windows into a part of the South I've only heard about.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Patricia's book of poems and I suggest you pick it up. It's available at Amazon for $15.00.




In honor of my birthday month, Patricia so graciously offered to give one copy of her book of poems to a Magnolias, Marriage and Manhattan reader. She even signed it for you!

RULES:

1) All you have to do is leave a one word comment here with something that you love about the South.

FOR ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (each entry should be a separate comment on this post):

1) Post this contest on your blog and leave a comment letting me know you did so
2) Send a tweet out about this contest and leave a comment letting me know you did so
3) Become a Follower or let me know you are already a follower in a separate comment
4) Follow me on Twitter or let me know you are following me on Twitter in a separate comment

For a teaser, here is one of my very favorite poems:

SOUTHERN LIFE

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

37 comments:

Preppy Coastee said...

The biltmore house in Asheville NC! (Sorry not one word)

Preppy Coastee said...

I follow your blog

Preppy Coastee said...

And I follow on twitter

Perambulations through Pittsbrugh said...

What do I love about the south? The sweet tea!!!

Perambulations through Pittsbrugh said...

I follow your blog all the time!

pennythequeen/queeniep said...

My favorite southern summer fun is lemonade and fried green tomatoes! yummo

pennythequeen/queeniep said...

I follow you blog

julie said...

Family ties that are cherished. Going to your grandparents house on Sunday afternoons and eating watermelons right off of the vine with all of your cousins.

4DsfromLHP said...

GRITS!

Miss Monogram said...

Cheese Grits!

Miss Monogram said...

I follow your blog

Miss Monogram said...

I follow you on twitter!

4DsfromLHP said...

I follow your blog (and I was born in Mississippi, so I'd love to have this book in my collection).

Bombtastic Belle said...

East Texas. :) Oh how I miss back home.

Bombtastic Belle said...

And I'm a follower :)

Southern Aspirations said...

Great find! Cool (comparatively speaking) summer evenings with the smell of gardenia.

Emory said...

football tailgating! The South does it best!

Emory said...

I posted about this on my blog

Emory said...

I am a follower

Emory said...

I follow on Twitter

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Count me in...I follow...

My favorite thing about the south is that I have the honor and joy of LIVING HERE.

susanne said...

I follow your blog.

susanne said...

Summer afternoon thunderstorms!

Cherish said...

Sweet tea in a mason jar!

Cherish said...

I follow your blog

thepreppyprincess said...

Goodness Miss 3M, it is tough to name just one thing! We'll say the food, although it could be a zillion more!

Have a wonderful week!
tp

thepreppyprincess said...

We're big fans and a follower on Twitter!
tp

sweet tea in a pink glass said...

1)lighting bugs
2) I'm a follower of your blog
3) I'll post it on my blog

Trish said...

Feltman brothers baby clothes, big bows in little girls hair, sweet tea and cheddar grits!

Trish said...

Following you on twitter!

Trish said...

Posting on my blog!

Kelly said...

I am a follower.

Kelly said...

Honeysuckle.

Seige said...

BEACH!

The Mrs. said...

Love the poem!!!!

heidi at frill seekers gifts ~ tales by the sea said...

your blog made me remember what i love most about the south. gentile ways and southern belles. thank you for sharing a piece of yourself with all of us, despite your new baby and busy days.heidi

kimberly t. bowling said...

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