Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Rising Star

It's nice to see good things happen to good people, especially when that person is succeeding at the very thing you hope to succeed at yourself -- writing novels.

Over the past year or so there have been several instances of self-published authors taking off and rising to the top. It gives writers like me hope. Shows it can be done. It's possible. And all any of us ever really want is the opportunity, right?

Friday, April 5, 2013

10 Questions: Patricia Dorsey

Patricia Dorsey, Poet. Writer. Mississippian.

April is poetry month. What better way to celebrate than by featuring a poet?

I met Patricia a few months back at the Pontotoc County Library. It was my first book signing and she had the table nearest mine. I was very nervous, not knowing what to expect. Patricia introduced herself and was very nice to chat with. Since that time I have followed her on Facebook and have found her to be a very creative ambassador for our state.

#1: Do you remember the first poem you wrote?

My very first poem was written February 14th (Valentine's Day) 2007.
It is called "Our Place".
I woke up out of my sleep with this poem swirling around in my head.
I got up and quickly scribbled it down.
It was the first of MANY poems to come ,in rapid succession, over the next few months.
And...Yes, was/it is a love poem.


There is a place of enchanted love,
Where only you and I do dwell;
It's a place that's quiet and warm and safe,
A place that non can tell.
It's a very special private place,
A place that no one knows,
It's a place where we do find our rest,
A place of sweet repose.
It's a place of tender kisses,
Of knowing hearts and minds;
A place of wonderful delights,
And marvels of all kinds.
It's a place where we move in a timeless rhythm,
To the beat of our own drums;
It's a place where emotions flood our souls,
And to which we must succumb.
It carries us through a time and place
Where love can never end;
A sacred place that's so divine,
Where man and woman blend.
It's a place I want to dwell forever...
Just you and me alone;
A solemn place where love is shared,
Like none has ever known.
Copyright 2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life In Poems

#2: You write a lot about the South, What is it you find so appealing about our state?

I find SO many things appealing about our state. I find SO many things to LOVE. I especially love the landscape and scenery. It is absolutely breathtaking at times. It truly "speaks " to me. I am amazed at how in awe I still am at a beautiful Mississippi morning. I still look around in wonderment like a small child. Every time it almost feels like the first time seeing it. Well, it really is the first time. Every day rises anew.

I write about that feeling/experience in my poems , "Mississippi Morning" and "Mississippi".

I love a Mississippi morning,
On a summer's day:
Everything's so glorious
In the most delightful way .
The sun is peaking upward ,
The earth begins to warm;
Magnificent works of nature ,
Are simply just the norm.
There is a sense of wonderment
At how all things look so new;
The flowers glow with freshness ,
From the past night's dew.
The beauty all around you
Would take away your breath;
You feel you'd like to soak it in
Until there's nothing left.
There’s nothing like a Mississippi morning,
On a summer’s day;
It’s such a grand production,
It seems we all should pay
2008 Patricia Neely-Dorsey
Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia - A Life In Poems

In the heart of Dixie,
Perfumed by
The sweet, fragrant smell of magnolias
and serenaded with
The melodious songs of the mockingbird,
Lies a true Queen of the South.
Her name is Mississippi .
I don’t know how to explain this place,
Except to say that she “speaks” to me.
The rocks, the flowers, the birds and trees
Speak to me.
They sometimes whisper,
And sometimes they shout;
But always they say,
“This is where you belong.”
2012 Patricia Neely-Dorsey
My Magnolia Memories and Musings- In Poems

#3: What is the biggest misconception you think people have about Mississippi?

There are SO many misconceptions about Mississippi. I hardly know how to pick one. But, I think the one that truly amazes me is how people think that EVERYONE in Mississippi is so backwards and ignorant. Considering all of the prolific writers, amazing singers, songs, artists and innovations that have come from Mississippi, I just have to shake my head at people thinking that.
Most people don't even realize that the first ever heart transplant and first ever lung transplant in the world were performed in a Mississippian. The idea of Coca -Cola being sold in bottles came from a Mississippian. Coca-Cola was first sold in bottles in Mississippi!
Imagine how different our world would be without there having been people like Elvis, B.B. King, William Faulkner, John Grisham, Fred Smith (Fed Ex) ...ALL from Mississippi!

#4: What type of audiences do you typically speak to?

I speak to all kinds of audiences and all ages.
I speak at meetings of a lot of civic organizations such as Rotary , Kiwanis, Pilot,ect.
I speak at schools at all levels from elementary to high school.
I have spoken at several colleges and at churches .
I speak very often for Lunching With Books at libraries .
I am proud to say that I think my poems speak to all audiences.
There is something in my poems for everyone.
I like to say that they appeal to everyone from 8 to 80.

#5: What do you have in the works now and when can we expect to see it?

I do plan to publish a third volume of poetry which will be more or less the third book in the Reflections "trilogy"
Hopefully it will be published in early 2014. It will basically be a continuation of the flow of the other two books.
Reflections was called a "love letter to the south", by one reviewer. In Magnolia Memories the "love affair continued/continues.

In the third book, which will be called Mississippi In Me, I will just be showing even more of the Mississippi love. (smile)

#6: You graduated high school in 1982 (same year as me) then went to Boston University. Why Boston?

My brother was at Boston University at the time, so it was a natural choice.

I kind of just followed my big brother. Our parents encouraged us to branch out and consider a school outside of Mississippi for our college years. I am so glad that my mother strongly encouraged that. It made me appreciate home SO much more!

#7: What made you move South again?

I think one of my poems has the answer to that ! LOL!!!

When I went off to school in Boston,
I realized why Southerners have a slower pace;
When the weather’s not so frigid out,
There is no need to race.
When the weather’s nice and toasty,
You can take time to slowly walk;
When you don’t feel you’ll freeze to death,
With your friends, you can casually talk.
Northerners don’t really know what it is,
To take a leisurely stroll;
They’re always rushing here or there,
‘Cause the weather’s just too cold.
2008 Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia

#8: Are most of your speaking engagements local or do you travel?

I mostly speak all around the state of Mississippi. One of my very first big speaking engagements was in Natchez, a few months after Reflections was published (2008). I have had several speaking engagements in Alabama. I was honored to be a guest speaker at the Arkansas Literary Festival a few years ago. I have been invited to be a guest author at the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend in Jefferson, Texas in January.

#9: What advice can you give to other poets who want to get their work in front of people?

Network, Network, Network
Facebook, Facebook, Facebook
Share, Share, Share
People have to know you're there in order to get to listen to, enjoy, read and buy your work! Two of my favorite old timey sayings that I tell folks all of the time: "A closed mouth don't get fed" and ... ""The squeaky wheel gets the oil" So...OPEN UP YOUR MOUTH...and SQUEAK, SQUEAK!!!

#10: Let's do something different. There has to be a question you were hoping I would or wouldn't ask. Ask yourself that question (please let us see the question), then answer it.

What is the overall message that you would like to convey ?

There are so many negative connotations associated with Mississippi and the south in general. Through my poems, I attempt to give a positive glimpse into the southern way of life. I do not disregard,ignore or negate the negatives about my(our) state and region. But, the truth is, there is SO MUCH MORE to the story.
I call both books "a celebration of the south and things southern".
My slogan is :"Always, Always Celebrating the South and Promoting a Positive Mississippi"
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