Author: Amy Souza

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 …

 

Betty Nichols and
Margaret Simon

Betty Nichols and
Margaret Simon

Betty Nichols Response Egret Blues By Margaret Simon Inspiration piece It’s a tryin’ time to be a symbol of peace Tryin’ during this time to be peace full of a sad song …

 

Jenny Forrester
and Jennifer Fendya

Jenny Forrester
and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya “Going Somewhere” Inspiration piece Jenny Forrester Response I’m leaving. You, throngs of people who’ve become The Man under the guise of sticking it to Him. ‘Twas ever thus …

 

Jennifer Fendya
and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya
and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya “Cuspy” Response Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece A millennial/gen-y cuspy ecology graduate who should know better, wipes off the baby goats with towels. The mother goat in the video …

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Cathy Stevens Pratt

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Cathy Stevens Pratt

Cathy Stevens Pratt Inspiration piece If You Call Me Again By KJ Hannah Greenberg Response “If you call me again, I will report you,” I say with impatience, as I …

 

Cathy Stevens Pratt
and KJ Hannah Greenberg

Cathy Stevens Pratt
and KJ Hannah Greenberg

Cathy Stevens Pratt Response Herr Mittemeister By KJ Hannah Greenberg Inspiration piece A bird whistles. Herr Herman Mittemeister hums an accompaniment. His voice shines. Likewise, his hair and nails are neatly …

 

Jenny Forrester and Jennifer Fendya

Jenny Forrester and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya “Fire Department” Inspiration piece Jenny Forrester Response My capacity for self-destruction has been breathtaking. I’ve found people who’ve helped me destroy myself, people with destructive ideas, violent behavior, …

 

Jennifer Fendya and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya “Eat My Words” Response Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece I see you spreading bad news, misinformation, lies, because it’s cool to spread bad news, misinformation, and lies. You’re a …

 

Jewel Beth Davis
and Margi Smith

Jewel Beth Davis
and Margi Smith

Margi Smith Inspiration piece Working the Magic By Jewel Beth Davis Response Sylvester stood around a large table made of waterlilies and pearls many, many leagues under the ocean surrounded …

 

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine “Whispering Pines” Response The Best Christmas Tree Ever By Robert Haydon Jones Inspiration piece When Jimmy O’Hara decided on his Christmas tree at the outdoor lot at Home Depot, …

 

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

Matthew Levine “Longshore, late in the season at 17” Inspiration piece Golf By His Lonesome By Robert Haydon Jones Response Rob knew this golf course very well. It was close to …

 

Sarah Priestman and Marisa Bevington

Sarah Priestman and Marisa Bevington

Marisa Bevington Inspiration piece Resolute By Sarah Priestman Response She’d waited before. Waited outside shul for her father, who’d refused to be rushed since racing from his burning Lithuanian village. …

 

Marisa Bevington and Sarah Priestman

Marisa Bevington and Sarah Priestman

Marisa Bevington Response A Visit from Mom By Sarah Priestman Inspiration piece It’s an overcast Sunday; more Edinburgh than Arlington on what should be a sunny Memorial Day weekend. I …

 

Mary Lee Hahn
and Victoria Nessen

Mary Lee Hahn
and Victoria Nessen

Victoria Nessen “Finding Your Way” Inspiration piece Six Weeks One Summer By Mary Lee Hahn Response 1985 After the first job, before the second degree. Between. Blue Highways South — tobacco fields West — Navajo Nation North — …

 

Amy Souza and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Amy Souza and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Amy Souza “Trail Closed” Response Covidian Dreams By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece As the isolation and distancing young tree like grows ……and burgeons spitting flowers of solitary time into lysoled air The …

 

Colleen Anderson and Dominic Mazzilli

Colleen Anderson and Dominic Mazzilli

Colleen Anderson Response Market Street By Dominic Mazzilli Inspiration piece Market Street. The pulsating heart of town throbbed with wealth and an everlasting flow of people in, but not necessarily …

 

Betty Nichols and Jenny Forrester

Betty Nichols and Jenny Forrester

Betty Nichols Response Cherish By Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece I cherish the Bluebird of My Happiness. Beyond myself and even beyond The River, The Writing, The Story of My Story. …

 

Jenny Forrester and Betty Nichols

Jenny Forrester and Betty Nichols

Betty Nichols Inspiration piece I Am Six Souls By Jenny Forrester Response I’m paper to your tree, grass to your leaves, monster to your color, lines and curves and blue. …

 

Amy Souza and Donna JT Smith

Amy Souza and Donna JT Smith

Donna JT Smith Inspiration piece But Salt Water By Amy Souza Response Where salted wind ruffles seagrass And rose hips line a hot sand path The bridge is open means open for …

 

Shalini Rana and Diane Mayr

Shalini Rana and Diane Mayr

Diane Mayr “Risible” Inspiration piece Failing Sunburst By Shalini Rana Response The first laugh I loved galloped in a broken body: Brother’s silent open-mouthed grin, ready to swallow me whole in a sea of small …

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Seth Leamer

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Seth Leamer

Seth Leamer Inspiration piece Kaorog’s Companion By KJ Hannah Greenberg Response Kaorog regarded his tentacles. They were turning purple. Whereas that hue was lovely, it was, simultaneously, an indicator of …

 

Dominic Mazzilli and Amy Souza

Dominic Mazzilli and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece Dominic Mazzilli Response Mad, Crazed, Insane, a hundred whispers surround the painter, but he does not listen, there is no time. He dashes and rubs …

 

Amy Souza and Dominic Mazzilli

Amy Souza and Dominic Mazzilli

Amy Souza Response Prologue By Dominic Mazzilli Inspiration piece “The Tinkerer made the Irons, at least, that’s what everyone says, but I’d reckon it’s the Irons that made the Tinkerer.” …

 

Anya Mayer and Amy Souza

Anya Mayer and Amy Souza

Anya Mayer Response You’re tough // You can handle it By Amy Souza Inspiration piece Blackberry brambles are impossible to kill But the fruit they bear hangs tender on the vine You’re tough someone told …