Odyssey (Poetry, Non-fiction)

odyssey coverIntroduction

Mississippi author Meredith Coleman McGee presents the reader with a triple expression of literary form in ODYSSEY, a uniquely written, well researched work which produces a family of fiction and nonfiction writings under one cover.

This book is an interesting read especially for the poetic minded, the Civil Rights activists, students of history, and small business leaders.

Of special notation is the prelude written entirely in a poetic fashion by the author’s sister and niece. This one volume contains 228 pages with pictures, charts and references.

The first three chapters consist of poems that mirror the behavior and conditions that are often seen in today’s world. These human conditions exist in one’s engaging journey for self-identification. Some of the poems are based on factual events; in one poem the author includes the experience of her ancestor in a four line stanza.

Chapter four consists of pre-published articles by the author which respond to current and historically charged issues which provide valuable resources for a bevy of audiences. The articles include statistical and timely information about numerous topics and record facts about McGee’s uncle Civil Rights Icon James Meredith’s 2009 Walk for the Poor and his & 2012 Walk for Education & Truth.

In the final chapter, McGee shares the findings of her research project which was submitted to Antioch University McGregor, now known as Antioch University Midwest, Yellow Springs, Ohio, in partial fulfillment of her Master of Arts Degree. This study compared the leadership characteristics of Sam Walton and Ray Croc with southern small business leaders. Walton and Croc turned Walmart and McDonald’s respectively into global conglomerates. This study is heralding for leaders interesting in mirroring the leadership styles of successful entrepreneurs.

Alma M. Fisher, Tougaloo College
Retired Librarian and Archivist

Published Oct 25, 2013

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PRAISE FOR ODYSSEY

Meredith Coleman McGee writes honestly about pain, human frailty, and difficult social issues, yet her poems reflect a tenacious, sometimes surprising, hope in the possibility of transformation, healing, and wholeness. As she both celebrates and laments our rich, but often troubled, collective and individual heritages, she reminds us that our journeys continue, and our striving for better things must never cease.

Alexis Spencer-Byers

Author, Urban Verses

Coauthor, Stepping out From the Shadows

http://alexisspencerbyers.wordpress.com/

“Meredith’s verse is a strong and edgy look at the everyday issues of life–from family ties to political lies–helping us see ourselves more clearly through her lens. Is it any wonder? Her uncle is famed Civil Rights icon James Meredith.”

Jeanetta Britt, Award-winning author www.jbrittbooks.com

Meredith Coleman McGee on Off the Shelf with Lynette Stafford in Greenville, Mississippi

Seven newspaper and or online articles presenting new material on James Meredith are in Odyssey; the list is as follows: Historic Walk Teaches Basic Principle p. 74; James Meredith’s Walk for Education and Truth reaches the Jackson area June 10-13, 2012 p. 76; 200 Miles for the Poor and Powerless p. 84; Meredith on the Road p. 88, Last Two Miles of Meredith’s Walk for the Poor p. 92,  James Howard Meredith: A Living Legend p. 111, and Civil Rights Icon’s Vision for the Poor p. 130).

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17 thoughts on “Odyssey (Poetry, Non-fiction)

  1. ODYSSEY BY MEREDITH COLEMAN MCGEE

    POEM EXCERPTS:

    “Democracy, Democracy where were you when they killed Jimmie Lee Jackson and beat mama to sleep?
    Democracy unless you deliver freedom and liberty,
    the cloak of death will knock this world to its knees.”

    “Rise high, rise high, and don’t you lean.
    Show all the haters they can’t win.
    Their hate will never doom you in.
    Mama don’t slow down.
    Someday you’ll earn your royal crown.”

    “Where was peace man when brother was sitting on the corner, almost in tears, smoking a Marlboro, wondering why his dad hadn’t called in years, and why his mother could barely pay the bills?

    Where was peace when the little girl was staring out the window because she didn’t comprehend the day’s lesson plan, hadn’t done her homework, and was sad because she heard her parents screaming all night which kept her poor mind uptight?”

    CHAPTER 4 SOMETHING STUDIED

    QUOTES & HIGHLIGHTS

    Leaders are visionaries, who are both learners and teachers.

    Influence is the true measure of leadership.

    Effective leaders tend to be low in sentimental attachments and comfortable with criticism.

    Sam Walton believed that happy employees meant happy customers and more sales.

    The new currency of the Internet Age includes (social capital) which is the collective value of the people we know and what we can do for each other.

    More can be accomplished by empowering others than by ruling others.

    The relationship between leaders and subordinates is the number one success factor of a firm.

    Ray Kroc made a lot of sacrifices after becoming a partner with Dick and Maurice McDonald in 1955. Kroc worked long hours even though he was in his mid-fifties and he withheld his salary for eight years.

  2. Join Authors William Trest Jr. and Meredith Coleman McGee for a joint Book Release Party, Monday, November 25, 2013 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Richard Wright Branch Library 515 W. McDowell Rd. Jackson, MS 39204, 601.372.1621.

    The authors will release their new books Reverse Guilty Plea which is about a fierce family feud which led to the wrongful incarceration of one of its own and Odyssey which includes poems and a collection of writings by Meredith Coleman McGee. Both books are Meredith Etc titles, a small press in Jackson, MS http://www.meredithetc.com.

    Come out and let’s have some FUN.

    READING, SIGNING, Q&A, PRIZES, PHOTOS & AUTHOR MEET AND GREET.

  3. Odyssey is a book for everyone. I was impressed. Lynch Street, a poem about John R. Lynch, is history. I learned a history lesson in this poem. I live in Jackson, MS and I was told that Lynch Street was named after a black man who was lynched which is false. Mr. Lynch was a black politician in the 1870s. All of Meredith Coleman McGee’s poems relate to every day life. There are stories about James Meredith; he is history. My first thought about poems is poetry that rhymes and is boring. I’ve never been into poetry, but this book is not ordinary; these poems, tell stories, is history, and is very interesting. I recommend this book to any and every one. It is a good read.

  4. “Odyssey” is an intellectual, financial, cultural gumbo. Possibly this is due to the author’s Southern upbringing.

    Yet, personally, I have not been blessed to smell nor even taste gumbo. Never-the-less, because of the satisfaction and fulfillment I received after taking this Odyssey with Meredith, I believe I experienced vicariously that same pleasure.

    Just today, I laid back on the grass in prison, surrounded by concrete walls, barbed wires and all types of broken men, i.e. criminals, and I looked up toward the clouds, watching sparrows soar and glide as they rode the winds. And I did not have a care in the world.

    Then, I returned to my cell opened Odyssey, and re-read Meredith’s poem about me (p. 3), and I thought to myself, for a moment as she described “I was free like a bird!” In her writing, I see her as a custodian of not just our family history, I see the fulfillment of the part of the Rosicrucian Prayer, that says…” No other gifts, Dear God, we ask/ But only sense to see/how best the precious gifts to use/we have received from thee…

    This book is not just a precious gift, but rare literary jewel she has selflessly given to all who but have eyes to see, read and receive it.

    Ronald Earl Patterson

  5. Greetings, as I read your book [Odyssey], I felt the way you was making your point, and the things you was speaking about, shine light on my own life – somewhere other than prison. I feel that “if” you can walk for what you believe to be right, I can write about what I feel to be right also. I wrote a poem about what your book made me feel.

    O’ God Allah,

    Grant me this moment to shine my views, and points on these so near, and dear; grant me a peace of mind to understand not only where I am coming from, but where I’ve been.

    Grant me a chance to pay it forward to another brother and sister that may want to share their own story.

    Grant me all the time I may need to plant this sweet but oops beautiful seed for the next person that may come after me.

    Written after reading “Odyssey” 7/16/14

    Rayvon Wheeler

  6. Meredith’s book is filled with history, poetry, stats, a research project, facts, practical advice, and wisdom. What you read will make you wonder, make you feel, make you take some things to heart, and make you want more. “Odyssey” is a book that caters to different interest which will keep your attention.

  7. Meredith Coleman McGee is a wonderful author, publisher and great motivator of writing. She has a wealth of knowledge to help new writers, encourage young writers and give hope to unpublished dreams. Her book “Odyssey” is a great collection of poems, historical facts and tidbits. I really enjoyed interviewing her on the “Kixie Sunday Morning Magazine” on WKXI 107.5 FM.

  8. I enjoyed reading some of Meredith’s poems especially in the book “Odyssey” her poems are so inspiring giving so much insight about life,leaving something for the imagination; they are breath taking and realistic; my favorites were “Deceptive Dreams,” “Freedom and Liberty” “The Odds of Losing,” and “The legacy” all were more than educational. I would like to congratulate my childhood friend on her writing success.and we look forward to them publishing our upcoming book.to God be the glory.

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