Ash Martins and Jonathan Ottke

Ash Martins and Jonathan Ottke

Jonathan Ottke Inspiration piece Diving in December By Ash Martins Response Frank smiled as he watched everyone. The log cabin buzzed with energy during winter break. Have you ever seen …

 

Jonathan Ottke and Ash Martins

Jonathan Ottke and Ash Martins

Jonathan Ottke “Day at the Beach” Response Time Stop By Ash Martins Inspiration piece Seagulls catch waves of Wind blows fast and hot and dry Air smells of wild mint and sea so …

 

Kamika Cooper and Amy Souza

Kamika Cooper and Amy Souza

Amy Souza photography Inspiration piece   Overcast By Kamika Cooper Response “What are you doing here?” Gretchen sat cross-legged, making swirls in the sand with her fingers. She had been sitting peacefully at …

 

Lisa Kilhefner and Paula Lantz

Lisa Kilhefner and Paula Lantz

Paula Lantz 50”h x 40” acrylic and collage on canvas Inspiration piece Lisa Kilhefner Response I’ll race you to where the night sky meets the waves, where cerulean melts the moon. We …

 

Robert Haydon Jones
and Amy Souza

Robert Haydon Jones
and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece Me and Mary Lou By Robert Haydon Jones Response I want to tell you how Mary Lou and I got together but I warn you this …

 

Stephanie Ross and
Stefanie A. Shilling

Stephanie Ross and
Stefanie A. Shilling

Stephanie Ross Response The Magician’s Box By Stefanie A. Shilling Inspiration piece climb in lay yourself down stretch time stops in the magician’s box outside, the shiny tops spin reflections glimmer bouncing lights then comes the first cut make …

 

Timmy McKay and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Timmy McKay and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Timmy McKay “Seeds Sleep” 8″x10″ Acrylic on Cedar Response Earthy Lapis By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece The seeds sleep Closeted in cold, damp soil Recovering strength sapped by red-hot days Of summer sun snorting …

 

Lisa Nielsen and
Jay Young Gerard

Lisa Nielsen and
Jay Young Gerard

Jay Young Gerard “Homelessness” Inspiration piece Not the Blight You’re Thinking of By Lisa Nielsen Response i watch your grueling hunchbacked body meandering side to side while frustrated commuters twist about to …

 

Jay Young Gerard
and Lisa Nielsen

Jay Young Gerard
and Lisa Nielsen

Jay Young Gerard “ReEmergence” Response scenes from an italian restaurant By Lisa Nielsen Inspiration piece you’ve grown smaller from last I saw you, he is larger than your prize that house you coveted has bars he takes …

 

Diane Mayr and Cristal Brawley

Diane Mayr and Cristal Brawley

Cristal Brawley Inspiration piece Stability Not Stabile-ity By Diane Mayr Response “The aesthetic value of these objects cannot be arrived at by reasoning. Familiarization is necessary.” — Alexander Calder It looked …

 

Erika Cleveland and Channie Greenberg

Erika Cleveland and Channie Greenberg

Erika Cleveland “Your Dog was Dead. You, Likewise, Were Almost Dead.” Response Another Day By Channie Greenberg Inspiration piece Minute upon minute, the days creep. It is not so much that looking …

 

Channie Greenberg and Erika Cleveland

Channie Greenberg and Erika Cleveland

Erika Cleveland “Things Weighing on My Mind” Inspiration piece The Weighty Decades of Yehudis Blau By Channie Greenberg Response Yehudis sighed as she pulled at her cuticle. When she was a …

 

Amy Souza and Jenny Forrester

Amy Souza and Jenny Forrester

Amy Souza Response Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece My brother and I loved Johnny Cash, singing Ring of Fire. Loud. Over and over. It’s decades later now. We grew apart in …

 

Jenny Forrester and Amy Souza

Jenny Forrester and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece Jenny Forrester Response I wish you would’ve listened while I was water and you were sand. It hurt to fly into the center alone, to …

 

Jone MacCulloch and Margaret Simon

Jone MacCulloch and Margaret Simon

Jone MacCulloch Response Notes in a Locker By Margaret Simon Inspiration piece I forgot …..who she wanted to become. …..A note dropped into a locker …..scribbled in cursive, …..curly letters to sign her name. I …

 

Kathleen Finn Jordan and Timmy McKay

Kathleen Finn Jordan and Timmy McKay

Timmy McKay “Mariposa” Inspiration Mariposa (Butterfly) Alight By Kathleen Finn Jordan Response Sharp contrasting color blocks Butterfly alight True authentic brush strong In a field quite tight Each shaft caught on contoured plane Boundaries without fear No …

 

Jenny Forrester and
Jennifer Fendya

Jenny Forrester and
Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya “Sheep Go to Heaven” (2010) Inspiration piece Jenny Forrester Response I live in heaven with multi-verse gods, ghosts and aging cats, sitting in a tree house, watching bright …

 

Jennifer Fendya
and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya
and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya “The Spark of Self-Recognition” Response Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece On the porch, windowed, green painted, white trim, I’d screwed hooks every whichawhere and there were flowers hanging upside …

 

Stefanie A. Shilling and Stephanie Ross

Stefanie A. Shilling and Stephanie Ross

Stephanie Ross Inspiration piece I SKINNED MY KNEE ON THE WAY TO PARIS By Stefanie A. Shilling Response I skinned my knee on the way to Paris. It wasn’t the bulging …

 

Ray Sharp and Elizabeth Burke

Ray Sharp and Elizabeth Burke

Elizabeth Burke Inspiration piece A Lamp Unto the World By Ray Sharp Response Each of us, in their own way, is called to heal the world, to gather up the light scattered in …

 

Margaret Simon and Jone MacCulloch

Margaret Simon and Jone MacCulloch

Jone MacCulloch Inspiration piece How Do We Stand? By Margaret Simon Response I go to Lady Bird Johnson Grove to be among these giant trees. Fenced forest of ten thousand branches diffuses blue …

 

Elizabeth Burke and Ray Sharp

Elizabeth Burke and Ray Sharp

Elizabeth Burke Response The Old Gods By Ray Sharp Inspiration piece The old gods spoke through the crows in the trees, the tongue of the flame, the wind that stirred the ashes, but I …

 

Margaret Simon and Betty Nichols

Margaret Simon and Betty Nichols

Betty Nichols Inspiration piece Sit With Yourself By Margaret Simon Response The chicory radicchio is said to be the ultimate crunch in your daily salad, rich in vitamin K. This red dagger isn’t …

 

Amy Souza and
Cathy Stevens Pratt

Amy Souza and
Cathy Stevens Pratt

Cathy Stevens Pratt Inspiration piece Here to There By Amy Souza Response Can you get from here to there? Abandon that tree limb For the next phase Grass to sky to building to …

 

Cathy Stevens Pratt
and Amy Souza

Cathy Stevens Pratt
and Amy Souza

Cathy Stevens Pratt Response Mind of Bees By Amy Souza Inspiration piece You must have a mind of bees To keep you company on quiet days That stretch unending toward decades alone Your …