Author: Amy Souza

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

Matthew Levine “Abandoned Power Plant” Inspiration piece Cleanup By Robert Haydon Jones Response Jimmy O’Hara started reading to sixth graders in a rundown school in a rundown city, nine miles up …

 

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine “Blank Slate” Response Doris By Robert Haydon Jones Inspiration piece NB: The story is true. The names are fictitious. It was a railroad flat in Chelsea. You opened the …

 

JoAnn Moore and MM Panas

JoAnn Moore and MM Panas

MM Panas “That Ship Has Sailed” Inspiration piece Eternities By JoAnn Moore Response Drown me blue in your depthless sky, soft as the incoming fog. Ebb me full of salt until I find rhythm in the …

 

MM Panas and JoAnn Moore

MM Panas and JoAnn Moore

MM Panas “Dancing with Red” Acrylic on paper, size: 30” x 22″ Response January Saturday …(or Ode to Candlemas) By JoAnn Moore Inspiration piece Despite the recent rains one of the backyard cherries holds fast …

 

Ray Sharp and Jennifer Fendya

Ray Sharp and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya Inspiration piece Bluet No. 665 By Ray Sharp Response You came to me, yellow butterfly, flitting the deep blue sky of my golden summer. Love bloomed a thousand dandelions. You grew sunflowers and …

 

Amy Souza and Julia Laxer

Amy Souza and Julia Laxer

Amy Souza “I Wrapped You in Cellophane to Protect My Heart” Response Fossils By Julia Laxer Inspiration piece fossils found in: the abdomen of every woman the roman candle of a man. a psychotic …

 

Julia Laxer and Amy Souza

Julia Laxer and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece Kissing Phobia By Julia Laxer Response My eyes were her eyes in the mysterious room where neither of us wore a face. My eyes were in her living room of doubt and soiled dresses. Give me …

 

Jennifer Fendya and Ray Sharp

Jennifer Fendya and Ray Sharp

Jennifer Fendya “Smile Back” Response Friday By Ray Sharp Inspiration piece put that down america and walk with me to the top of the hill we’ll bring the bottle take off our shirts and smile back at …

 

Anya Drapkin and Amy Souza

Anya Drapkin and Amy Souza

Anya Drapkin Response Suffering Contest By Amy Souza Inspiration piece You’re the one who hurts Most brightly Singular like the northern lights An awesome display of pain People gather to witness Led by glowing reviews The …

 

Gena Stutzman and Rusty Lynn

Gena Stutzman and Rusty Lynn

Rusty Lynn “Bourning Owl” Inspiration piece Spring By Gena Stutzman Response the frozen ground has thawed eager branches begin to bud seeds crack roots muscle through warm, brown dirt the butterfly remembers the fragrance of lilacs …

 

Rusty Lynn and Gena Stutzman

Rusty Lynn and Gena Stutzman

Rusty Lynn “Find Me Empty No Longer” Crayon, acrylic, and watercolor on paper Response Tigers By Gena Stutzman Inspiration piece Each of us has a tiger inside Some tigers whisper Some dance or dream Some …

 

Amy Souza and Anya Drapkin

Amy Souza and Anya Drapkin

Anya Drapkin Inspiration piece Navigating the World By Amy Souza Response Girls can’t handle heavy Petting, the school nurse said They always want more That thing that Differentiates you The ability to bear pain Parts of …

 

Marla Deschenes
and Dale Hoffmeyer

Marla Deschenes
and Dale Hoffmeyer

“Treat Tuesday” Dale Hoffmeyer Inspiration piece Donuts By Marla Deschenes Response When I was very young My father would take us on Sunday morning walks to the local donuts shop. Bess Easton Donuts He would …

 

Jay Young Gerard and
Robert Haydon Jones

Jay Young Gerard and
Robert Haydon Jones

Jay Young Gerard Response Awake By Robert Haydon Jones Inspiration piece Jimmy O’Hara had already said goodbye to the widow. He had wished her all the best and was almost …

 

Juleen Johnson and Amy Souza

Juleen Johnson and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece Green Branches By Juleen Johnson Response The wake is a testimony about being awake. The absence of being there or being three degrees removed in the safety …

 

Elizabeth Eby and Angela Rimbey

Elizabeth Eby and Angela Rimbey

Elizabeth Eby Response Angela Rimbey Inspiration piece powerful touch magnified when I look into your eyes and see that we are just the same and that love flows back and forth between us a circle a …

 

Robert Haydon Jones
and Jay Young Gerard

Robert Haydon Jones
and Jay Young Gerard

“Hope” Jay Young Gerard Inspiration piece Sad By Robert Haydon Jones Response It seemed as if she had kept practically every scrap of contact from both their lives. When he went into …

 

Naomi Ulsted and Susan Burton

Naomi Ulsted and Susan Burton

“Meat Dialogue” Susan Burton Inspiration piece Spinach Pickers By Naomi Ulsted Inspiration piece The day I learned about fear I was picking spinach in the fields. It was an unusually rainy …

 

Amy Souza and Juleen Johnson

Amy Souza and Juleen Johnson

Juleen Johnson “That Winter” Inspiration piece Straight Out Game By Amy Souza Response Fire ring of truth Burnt edges Crumbled into dirt Like words on White metal Tindered Don’t run closer Shake the touch That winter Before summer Didn’t matter ——————————————- Note: All …

 

Amy Souza and Morgan Fox

Amy Souza and Morgan Fox

Amy Souza “Lisboa” Response Miss Adventures (Travel Journal Selections) By Morgan Fox Inspiration piece July 8, 2014 1:17pm Prikid Café, 2nd level (Reykjavik, Iceland) Bus Driver: That’s our opera house. It’s ugly. (slight pause) Driver: And that’s …

 

Lizzie Parker and Jennifer Fendya

Lizzie Parker and Jennifer Fendya

Lizzie Parker — Split — digital photo Response   Jennifer Fendya Inspiration Piece   Enantiodromia Even now a nation tumbles into old drama Religion offered mankind immortality, almost   Each new atom – no! the …

 

Jennifer Fendya and Lizzie Parker

Jennifer Fendya and Lizzie Parker

Lizzie Parker – Narrow Lane Inspiration Piece   Jennifer Fendya Response   The Anthropocene They came and knocked on our doors this morning, each one asking, “Will you rise and fall in with us? …

 

Nancy Ramsey and Channie Greenberg

Nancy Ramsey and Channie Greenberg

Nancy Ramsey Protect Response   Trust © KJ Hannah Greenberg drkarenjoy@yahoo.com Inspiration I signed out AMA, against medical advice. At thirty-five weeks, the baby’s lungs were mature. My phobia of hospitals and of …

 

Channie Greenberg and Nancy Ramsey

Channie Greenberg and Nancy Ramsey

Nancy Ramsey Freedom Inspiration Piece   Umland © KJ Hannah Greenberg drkarenjoy@yahoo.com Response In a habitable attic, a grey woman looks at albums. Her candle flicks light and shadow on yesterdays. Under the circumstances, her …

 

Jennifer Fendya and Terah Van Dusen

Jennifer Fendya and Terah Van Dusen

Jennifer Fendya — “that kind of girl” — digital photo Response   Terah Van Dusen Inspiration Piece The Way of a Woman Once, early on in our relationship I shared a hotel room with my …