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Poetry

You Can Do This

“I don’t think I can do this,” I told my friend Mary.* The two of us were meeting on Zoom to discuss a collaborative project. Before digging into business, we were checking in with each…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
October 26, 2023
Poetry

Again

Perhaps like you, I’ve been preoccupied this week with the terrible events in Israel-Gaza. Please accept this new poem as a gesture of shared grief and, yes, despite everything, shared hope. Always hope. Like a…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
October 18, 2023
Poetry

The Title of This Poem Has Been Censored

This past Monday, I participated in a public protest against efforts by a local group to ban more than 200 “inappropriate” books from the libraries in our school district. (Think Native Son by Richard Wright. Beloved by Toni Morrison. To…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
September 20, 2023
Insights

Practically a Tradition

This past Monday, our family loaded the trappings of college dorm life into our two cars. It was time to move Nathan back to campus for his junior year. As we prepared to leave home,…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
September 12, 2023
Poetry

The ABCs of My Creative Life

What follows isn’t a poem. It’s a playful inventory of basic intentions that guide my creative work—indeed, my daily living. It sets forth how I aspire to conduct myself as a “maker” and as a…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
September 3, 2023
Insights

Blessed Are the Weird

This graphic is on one of my favorite t-shirts. A friend gave me the shirt years ago. I’m gonna wear it till it turns into a holey rag. That’s how much I love its message.…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
August 23, 2023
Poetry

Legs

In 1982, for a college trimester, I studied and did “service work” in the newly independent nation of Belize. Looking back, I don’t think the Belizeans much desired or needed my “service,” but the experience…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
August 9, 2023
Insights

Prayer

This is a very brief poem that I wrote in anticipation of “Poems, Prayers, & Promises,” our upcoming month-long Deep Dive. (You can still sign up!) What image might you use to describe your own experience…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
August 1, 2023
Poetry

Fishing for Words

FISHING FOR WORDS                  for creatives who write You stand on the edge of a shallow lake, casting your line, waiting for bites— some days, not a nibble.…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
July 17, 2023
Poetry

The Secret of Birds

THE SECRET OF BIRDS Phyllis Cole-Dai  Outside the window, an hour before dawn, when night weighs heaviest on the neck of the world, one bird with pluck begins to sing I’m here   I’m here   I’m…
Phyllis Cole-Dai
July 10, 2023