Author: Amy Souza

Victoria Nessen and
Jenny Forrester

Victoria Nessen and
Jenny Forrester

Victoria Nessen Response Untitled By Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece I dream I ordered a kitten snake online. It comes in a box, curled – snake body with a hard plastic …

 

Anya Drapkin and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Anya Drapkin and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

“Hot and Dusty” Anya Drapkin Response Fall and Fire By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece Zucchini flowers melting in my mouth As virtual reality images dance in my head It gets dark earlier …

 

Rusty Lynn and Urmilla Khanna

Rusty Lynn and Urmilla Khanna

“Sadistic Love” Rusty Lynn Response Sadistic Love By Urmilla Khanna Inspiration piece Bartan-wali, her name was Bhairavi, came at her usual time to wash the previous night’s dishes and do a …

 

Gena Stutzman and
Alyscia Cunningham

Gena Stutzman and
Alyscia Cunningham

Alyscia Cunningham Inspiration piece Abundance By Gena Stutzman Response Take a deep breath, See the interconnections. Sunshine calls to trees. I come to you even in the small things In twigs and moss and …

 

Lo Bloustein and
Marla Deschenes

Lo Bloustein and
Marla Deschenes

Lo Bloustein Response Poem 4 By Marla Deschenes Inspiration piece As a woman about to bring child into this world, Every night, I am haunted. As the day’s news flashes across the …

 

Amy Souza and Pippa Possible

Amy Souza and Pippa Possible

“Shatter” Pippa Possible Inspiration piece Plain Sight By Amy Souza Response After my father died, my mother stopped opening mail. Cards, bills, magazines, junk—all of it sat untouched for months until …

 

Amy Souza and Victoria Nessen

Amy Souza and Victoria Nessen

Victoria Nessen “Green” Inspiration piece White Space By Amy Souza Response Chalky overlays Blur what’s hidden In plain sight The house is not mine Family gone Hum of small plane Overhead Rush hour buzz Inside so quiet Not even breathing Rings …

 

Marilyn Ackerman and
Kamika Cooper

Marilyn Ackerman and
Kamika Cooper

Marilyn Ackerman Response So Long By Kamika Cooper Inspiration piece it’s been a while since you’ve been gone i’ve got a little more room to breath some extra money in my pocket a …

 

Gena Stutzman and
Alyscia Cunningham

Gena Stutzman and
Alyscia Cunningham

Alyscia Cunningham “I Am More Than My Hair” (video) Inspiration piece Navigate By Gena Stutzman Response be the thorn and the rose. be the oak and the lilac. put down your pen throw away …

 

Victoria Nessen and Amy Souza

Victoria Nessen and Amy Souza

Victoria Nessen Response Wound Pocket By Amy Souza Inspiration piece Days shrunken like desiccated fruit. A corn husk doll from seventh grade. For the bicentennial my mother dressed me in …

 

KJ Hannah Greenburg
and Jewel Beth Davis

KJ Hannah Greenburg
and Jewel Beth Davis

KJ Hannah Greenburg “Star Child” Response Star Child By Jewel Beth Davis Inspiration piece One night, Late at night, In the blackest velvet of the dark, I was in a field. Alone. Walking. Just walking. The …

 

Tracey Riehl and Kirsten Weeks

Tracey Riehl and Kirsten Weeks

Kirsten Weeks Inspiration piece Evolution By Tracey Riehl Response I was plucked from the Void. The Void is gentle, peaceful and serene. Exchange of thought and growing upon our assumptions, was …

 

Nancy Ramsey and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

Nancy Ramsey and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

“Lake Springtime” KJ Hannah Greenberg Inspiration piece Spring Green By Nancy Ramsey Response Green springs From the Earth A sudden, joyous Protuberance Blown and swirled In weather Winter that hasn’t yielded yet.   ___________________________________________ Note: All of the art, writing, …

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Nancy Ramsey

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Nancy Ramsey

“Jungle Book” KJ Hannah Greenberg Response Mental Collage By Nancy Ramsey Inspiration piece Laying in the back Of a ’70’s wagon Surrounded by family, Childhood friend. Insulation fibers Penetrate unnoticed As the Jungle Book rolls On the screen. Inexorably …

 

Amy Souza
and Marla Deschenes

Amy Souza
and Marla Deschenes

Amy Souza Response Untitled By Marla Deschenes Inspiration piece Turn the clocks back in the fall And ponder how I am always Chasing time Elusive in its grip on all the moments in …

 

Sue Gleason and Gena Stutzman

Sue Gleason and Gena Stutzman

Sue Gleason Response The Feather By Gena Stutzman Inspiration piece the knowing wind lifts feathers placing some along the lonely roadside others are placed in summer gardens between rows of arugula and lacy, …

 

Gena Stutzman and Sue Gleason

Gena Stutzman and Sue Gleason

Sue Gleason Inspiration piece The Crocus Is A Time Keeper By Gena Stutzman Response the crocus is a time keeper at the start subtle, unpretentious new beginnings usually are her roots maneuver passed …

 

Cristal Brawley and Sharon Frey

Cristal Brawley and Sharon Frey

Sharon Frey Inspiration piece guided mutation By Cristal Brawley Response She’s got a cloud (it’s a hundred pounds), about to lose the string that’s holding it up. Invites more pain (asks for …

 

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 …