Author: Amy Souza

JoAnn Moore and MM Panas

JoAnn Moore and MM Panas

MM Panas “Take Me for a Ride” Inspiration piece Reverberations By JoAnn Moore Response Rivers amble sunshafts streak leaves rustle fog wisps escape. Stellers’ dart moss shimmer squirrels scutter children shriek. Colors rouse hearts alight redwoods soar the sky dances with song.   —————————————— Note: …

 

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

Matthew Levine “Central Park, Fall” Inspiration piece The Next Stop By Robert Haydon Jones Response Looking back from 68 years away, Jimmy O’Hara could not figure why he had elected to …

 

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine “The Decision” Response Not Solitary By Robert Haydon Jones Inspiration piece Sarah Moran, a willowy, red haired, beauty in her early-forties, fainted and fell face down on her eggs …

 

Rusty Lynn and Channie Greenberg

Rusty Lynn and Channie Greenberg

Rusty Lynn “If Memory Serves” Response Summer of 1971 By Channie Greenberg Inspiration piece They arrived at dusk. The mother carried in a sleeping child, while the father dragged a wheeled …

 

Channie Greenberg and Rusty Lynn

Channie Greenberg and Rusty Lynn

Rusty Lynn “A Bloomin’ Flower Icon” Inspiration piece Cultivar By Channie Greenberg Response Following the apocalypse, when the moon was no longer regarded as a commodious prison, but was lauded as …

 

Isabella Cassini and Amy Souza

Isabella Cassini and Amy Souza

Isabella Cassini “Orbit” Response Orbit By Amy Souza Inspiration piece Everywhere is here and there and nowhere and nowhere you can be at once You must choose a path— calendula scent of the sea Like those signs with seven arrows pointing every which …

 

Brigitte Nowers and Amy Souza

Brigitte Nowers and Amy Souza

Brigitte Nowers Response Faith Poem By Amy Souza Inspiration piece Between resistance and faith lies the bulk of human existence. I don’t trust anyone who spends all their time on …

 

Anne Nowselski and Amy Souza

Anne Nowselski and Amy Souza

Anne Nowselski Response District Taco By Amy Souza Inspiration piece We got tacos at 7 and by 9 asked, Is this it? The dog slept on the floor, back pressed against …

 

Amy Souza and Anne Nowselski

Amy Souza and Anne Nowselski

Anne Nowselski Inspiration piece Butterfly By Amy Souza Response Butterflies don’t worry about attachment When they wrestle away the cocoon to Soar wispy but not frail The woman who discovered their life cycle Was …

 

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
and Jan Irene Miller

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
and Jan Irene Miller

Jan Irene Miller Inspiration piece Dear Cow By Amy Ludwig VanDerwater Response Dear Cow, I still dream about you. It may not make sense, but some days for some reason I smell …

 

Julia Rolfe and Anya Mayer

Julia Rolfe and Anya Mayer

Anya Mayer “She Embraces Compassion” Inspiration piece Typical Woman By Julia Rolfe Response At the risk of being cliché, She was hard as nails in the daylight. A can-do bandana wearing force of artificial …

 

Gena Stutzman and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

Gena Stutzman and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

KJ Hannah Greenberg “Autumnal Stairway” Inspiration piece Autumn Afternoon By Gena Stutzman Response My photograph has faded now But not my memory of That fiery autumn afternoon. You called me out to play In the …

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Gena Stutzman

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Gena Stutzman

KJ Hannah Greenberg“Wings”Response WingsBy Gena StutzmanInspiration piece Limited by this body The ache of missing wingsThis smallness.Wasted time envying the birds. All things work together. Grass shelters the insects …

 

Amy Souza and Lisa Kilhefner

Amy Souza and Lisa Kilhefner

Lisa Kilhefner “Birds of a Feather” Inspiration piece Life Detective By Amy Souza Response See more when my eyes are Closed than when I’m distracted By the world around me Inky feather floats The space …

 

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 …