Phyllis's work crosses deep divides, such as race, culture, class and age, to promote understanding and respect.
Phyllis began writing on an old manual typewriter in childhood and never stopped. Her work explores things that tend to divide us, such as class, ethnicity, religion and gender, so that we might wrestle our way into deeper understandings of one another. These days she is especially concerned with the cultural divide between Euro-Americans and indigenous peoples.
What Readers Are Saying
I don’t know if any novel has ever impacted me as much as Beneath the Same Stars.
Poetry of Presence has stolen at least one Dutch heart. It’s a bundle to treasure your entire life and read over and over again. I keep it beside my bed, to read one random poem before sleeping. It’s also an excellent gift!
The very raw emotion that is shared in The Emptiness of Our Hands makes it very moving and thought provoking.
Robin L. B.
A beautiful, insightful, spiritual labor of love. Beneath the Same Stars brings us together, with all the complexity that entails.
Poetry of Presence ought to be your constant companion. It gently guides us along the path of awareness, reminding us that we are all part of the universal spirit.
In The Emptiness of Our Hands we meet the harshness of a winter's homelessness, a community of souls caring for each other, and somehow ourselves, as if we’ve ventured out into that world. Not always an easy journey, but somehow welcoming and needed.
The human themes of loss, conflict, and relationship woven through Beneath the Same Stars still inform us today. It is up to us to write the next chapter of the story.
Many of the poems in Poetry of Presence are "knock outs" and you don't have to be knowledgeable about poetry to fall in love with them. You just have to be human and on the journey. If I were queen of the world for a day, every household would have a copy.
The Emptiness of Our Hands is a rare witness to the ancient practice of presence and accompaniment. Phyllis and James invite us into a life-changing and perception-altering journey.
Beneath the Same Stars provides a deep dive into the events, characters and backgrounds of a dramatic pivotal time in American history. Authentic and compelling.
Robert W. L.
Be warned: Poetry of Presence might change your life. It did mine (and I didn't even like poetry). Not only is it great for personal use but would also be good for a book club.
The Emptiness of Our Hands is a great read. When you are done you have a deeper understanding and more compassion for what a homeless man or woman is going through.
Beneath the Same Stars is masterfully written with compassion and grace. Without judgement, the author exposes both ugliness and beauty in the human spirit, and calls attention to the important lessons to be learned from our shared history.
I work as a Spiritual Director, and I couldn't wait to get a copy of Poetry of Presence. Reading these poems is part of my spiritual practice, and I share them with the people who come to me for sessions. Inspiring!
The most touching book I ever read. The Emptiness of Our Hands changed my perception of street people. I no longer judge.
I would heartily recommend Beneath the Same Stars to anyone with a "good heart," an important description within the novel.
Poetry of Presence couldn't be more perfect. It contains thoughtful, revelatory, and quiet-inducing works to bring us all back to our true selves. A really lovely collection.
I gave four copies of Poetry of Presence for Christmas this year. Every single recipient has commented on the power of presence this book evokes.