National Reading Month with Patricia Neely-Dorsey, author of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia

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Patricia Neely-Dorsey, Author of Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia – A Life in Poems: Reading has always been important in my family. From the time that I was a little girl, I was always surrounded by books. I was taught the importance and the fun of reading. In my immediate and extended family, it was always a tradition for any child in the family to receive a book at any gift-giving occasion, along with whatever other gift the child might receive. For as far back as I can remember, I always received  books from my mother, father and other relatives on birthdays, Christmas, Easter, etc. Sometimes, I received books just because it was known that I loved to read. This is a tradition that I am passing down to my son, Henry. One of the happiest days in my life came when he walked up to me at seven years old with a book in his hand and said, “Mama I just love to read!” I am proud to say that we are a family of readers.

My book, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia, is a celebration of the South and things southern and a poetic autobiography of sorts. In my book, using childhood memories, personal thoughts and dreams, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life. Of course, one of those such poems is about my love for reading:


Reading is fundamental,
That’s what they always say;
Without it, I couldn’t even imagine,
Wanting to start the day.
My mother’s love of reading,
Was passed down straight to me,
And wherever it is that I am,
Some book with me, you’ll see.
In my purse, under my arm,
Or maybe in my car;
I’m not so sure where the book would be,
But it couldn’t be very far.
My mother says she remembers,
Books and papers ’round her mother’s bed;
Where she would spend the whole long day,
With knowledge being fed.
I love to read all kinds of things,
I never get enough;
I guess, I could love without my books,
But, boy, it would be tough.

Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey

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