Meet My Mississippi: A Review

Patricia Neely-Dorsey is a fellow Mississippian, a fantastic author, and a genuinely nice person.


FROM AMAZON: Adapted from the poem Meet My Mississippi by Patricia Neely-Dorsey, the Meet My Mississippi children’s book is an EXCELLENT EDUCATIONAL TOOL AND FUN LITERARY TOUR GUIDE FILLED WITH INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MISSISSIPPI, it is a wonderful way to share love and knowledge of Mississippi across generations. The book showcases some of the best that Mississippi has to offer in a kid-friendly format. It’s perfect for kids from 8 to 80! The reader will explore Mississippi landmarks and legends through poetic verse while enjoying colorful illustrations by a Mississippi artist. The author invites EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE to KNOW More About Mississippi, LEARN More About Mississippi and LOVE More About Mississippi!

MY REVIEW: 5 STARS Meet My Mississippi is a delightful, lyrical lesson in Mississippi’s history. 

The state comes alive through the words of the poem, igniting the senses and engaging the mind. Being from Mississippi myself, I was pleasantly surprised to learn some of the state’s history. For example: Until reading the poem, I was unaware that Pine-Sol was developed in Jackson, MS.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey’s love for Mississippi shines through in every cleverly-turned phrase. She brings history, beauty, and the hospitality that embodies Mississippi together with melodious words. 

Overall, this is a superb poem/book that added joy to my day.


ABOUT PATRICIA: Patricia Neely-Dorsey is a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School in Tupelo, Mississippi. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Her first book of poetry, Reflections of a Mississippi Magnolia-A Life in Poems was published in February 2008. Her second book of poetry, My Magnolia Memories and Musings- In Poems was published in February 2012. Her third book “Mississippi In Me” was published in January 2017. She calls her books a “celebration of the south and things southern”. Through her poems, the author attempts to give a more positive view of Mississippi and the South, rather than all the negatives usually portrayed.

In 2015, Patricia received a proclamation in her honor from Governor Phil Bryant declaring her as an Official Goodwill Ambassador for the state. Her slogan is “Always, Always Celebrating the South and Promoting a Positive Mississippi.” Her poem “Meet My Mississippi ” was submitted for consideration as the official state poem in the 2016, 2017, and 2018 legislative sessions. Several of Patricia’s Mississippi poems are included on t-shirts of the Southern Belle T-shirt Company line in her continuing efforts to Promote a Positive Mississippi. Patricia currently lives in Tupelo with her husband James. They have one son, James Henry.
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