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This week Phyllis launched My Poetry Studio, a “poetry play space” where she’ll post an occasional poem-in-progress. Each poem will be accompanied by a “play note,” briefly describing the inspiration behind the piece and offering a general poetry prompt. Readers can subscribe to receive new poems in their inbox.

“I’ve always been reluctant to call myself a poet,” Phyllis says. “I’m not well versed in the craft, though I’ve occasionally studied and dabbled. Yet during these chaotic times I’ve been writing more poetry than ever before. It’s very therapeutic.

“I decided to post my poems-in-progress in order to encourage others to read and write poetry, too. Both can be good medicine. I’m not trying to churn out perfect poems. I’m trying to turn out poems that are real—poems that spring from my life and, hopefully, that will resonate strongly with the lives of others.”

If you’d like to join the My Poetry Studio mailing list, do so here.

Phyllis Cole-Dai

Phyllis Cole-Dai has authored or edited eleven books in multiple genres, including historical fiction, spiritual nonfiction and poetry. She lives in Brookings, South Dakota, USA.