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You Are A Poem

This weekend I’m retreating at the home of my friend and co-editor Ruby Wilson to assemble the second volume of Poetry of Presence (forthcoming, May, 2022). Without question, this is my favorite part of creating…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
August 8, 2022
Insights

Big Love, Big Hurt

Dear Julie, Thank you for your sweet note concerning my work. Thank you, too, for entrusting me with this question that’s been weighing on your heart: “How does one hold both grief and joy at…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
July 25, 2022
Mindfulness

And the Answer Is …

This is a follow-up to last week’s musing, titled “Would You Sit in the Chair?” In case you missed that, or it's fuzzy in your memory, let me quickly recap: I intend to find a public…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
July 19, 2022
Poetry

Saints

On the same Friday that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, my family headed to a weekend jazz festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, around four hours from home. We needed distraction. We needed music.…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
July 4, 2022
Poetry

Hands

Every day is one-of-a-kind, special in its very own way. But last Sunday was extra special in the U.S., where many of us celebrated both Father's Day and Juneteenth. To honor the occasion, I offer you…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
June 20, 2022
Poetry

Thus, Will a Way Open

I grieve the horrific mass shootings that occurred while I was recently out of studio. Had I been at home instead of traveling, I’d have offered you a timely word instead of material scheduled in…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
June 7, 2022
PCD Round Up

PCD Round Up (May)

A brief roundup for May, as I'm currently out of studio, traveling with Jihong and Nathan. We're on a whirlwind roadtrip to North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Once we get back to South Dakota,…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
June 2, 2022
Insights

Mother

Note: This past Sunday, many people in the U.S. observed Mother’s Day. I wrote my mother an acrostic poem for the occasion. In an acrostic poem, certain letters in each line (typically the first letters) spell…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
May 9, 2022