Kathleen Finn Jordan and Rusty Lynn

Kathleen Finn Jordan and Rusty Lynn

Rusty Lynn “Surprise” Inspiration piece The Cycle and the Circle By Kathleen Finn Jordan Response Draping blues with shocks of starlight float to earth Punctuated by drill like shooting edge sharpened branches Reaching …

 

Erika Cleveland and Channie Greenberg

Erika Cleveland and Channie Greenberg

Erika Cleveland “No More Pink Sea Cucumbers or Frilled Sharks, Please” Goauche and pencil in altered book Response Owmapow and the Unsolicited Request By Channie Greenberg Inspiration piece Dr. Own Brownstone: I’ve read …

 

Channie Greenberg and Erika Cleveland

Channie Greenberg and Erika Cleveland

Erika Cleveland “Unlikely Partners” Gouache and pencil drawing in altered book Inspiration piece The Bearded Lady and the Garbage Truck Driver By Channie Greenberg Response Aya sighed as she pulled up yet …

 

Diane Mayr and Paula Lantz

Diane Mayr and Paula Lantz

Paula Lantz Out of My Window! Inspiration piece On the Bay By Diane Mayr Response What was she thinking inviting me along on the Sunfish that day? She, all of fifteen, was a practiced sailor. I …

 

Paula Lantz and Diane Mayr

Paula Lantz and Diane Mayr

Paula Lantz Response Petty Theft By Diane Mayr Inspiration piece They come to pilfer this house where the door is always open to petite larcenists. They flit through halls looting then leaving, tiny pockets full, pants …

 

Susan B. and Donna JT Smith

Susan B. and Donna JT Smith

Susan B. Rest of My Life Mixed media, digital photograph Response Rest By Donna JT Smith Inspiration piece I sit, yet life flows; I will catch up but please don’t ask me to pedal yet; I sit. —————————————————— Note: All of the …

 

Liz Ness and Darice Jones

Liz Ness and Darice Jones

Liz Ness Another’s Shoes Response Splayed By Darice Jones Inspiration piece Today sitting in the groove of her lush and looming backyard ash tree Where the roots wound down invisibly into the cinnamon-colored earth …

 

Darice Jones and Liz Ness

Darice Jones and Liz Ness

Liz Ness Inspiration piece Unfolding By Darice Jones Response Queeta found herself sitting in baggy, worn, lavender sweatpants and an over-sized theme park tee, her butt totally numb from the unyielding …

 

Donna JT Smith and Susan B.

Donna JT Smith and Susan B.

Susan B. Collage Inspiration piece Pressed for Time By Donna JT Smith Response Near the end of the book A blossom Waiting Between words and time Has petals Fading. A time marker now that’s Patiently Sleeping, Dreaming of dancing, its Limbs …

 

Donna JT Smith and Amy Souza

Donna JT Smith and Amy Souza

Donna JT Smith Hearts Never Part Response A Whole Is Worth More Than Its Parts By Amy Souza Inspiration piece A stranger on the lawn Wears pandemic gloves to Pick through my mother’s …

 

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 …

 

Kamika Cooper and Urmilla Khanna

Kamika Cooper and Urmilla Khanna

Kamika Cooper “my healer” digital photography/illustration response   Art and Science in Medicine By Urmilla Khanna Inspiration piece “Jonathan has an earache?” I said in a half-angry voice as I took an emergency …

 

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 …

 

Jennifer Fendya and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya “Unmasked, and kisses” (digital photo, 2020) Response Care and Concern in the Time of Quarantine By Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece You ask, “Can I get you anything at Costco?” and …

 

Jenny Forrester and Jennifer Fendya

Jenny Forrester and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya “HIHOWRU” (Digital Photo, 2013) Inspiration piece   A Friend Flattened My Narrative ByJenny Forrester Response We’re walking along the creek. He’s just had chemo. He never complains, mid-western, older white man. …

 

Jay Young Gerard and Lisa Nielsen

Jay Young Gerard and Lisa Nielsen

Jay Young Gerard “Golda” Response Another walk, alone By Lisa Nielsen Inspiration piece  I saw a rose half buried in the sand and it still haunts me was this a love letter to …

 

Lisa Nielsen and Jay Young Gerard

Lisa Nielsen and Jay Young Gerard

Jay Young Gerard “Threadbare” Inspiration piece thoughts while twirling angel hair By Lisa Nielsen Response it’s been a long time since i’ve let anything marinate overnight soaked in garlic, parsley, lemon intoxicating the house is …

 

Marilyn Ackerman
and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Marilyn Ackerman
and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Marilyn Ackerman Response Flatten the Curve By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration Piece This dark and cloudy day in time of isolation Mimics the inward – outward silence As all stay in to …

 

Kathleen Finn Jordan
and Marilyn Ackerman

Kathleen Finn Jordan
and Marilyn Ackerman

Marilyn Ackerman “Covid Cat” Inspiration piece Covid Cat By Kathleen Finn Jordan Response Covid Cat – copiously churlish The haunting harmonies of the chanting birds and rustling trees Usually his music of the …

 

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.” …

 

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

“Gray’s Creek Disturbance” Matthew Levine Inspiration piece Doctor Feelgood By Robert Haydon Jones Response Eustace Trelawney was 22, married for two years and a red-hot advertising copywriter, when he first developed …

 

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

“Worth Something Someday” Matthew Levine Response The Robinson Ball By Robert Haydon Jones Inspiration piece Robinson struck the baseball so savagely that it felt more like an execution swipe than a …

 

Diane Mayr and Shalini Rana

Diane Mayr and Shalini Rana

Diane Mayr “The Right Tool for the Job” Response Sister, the Fly That’s Never Near Walls, and Other Things We Are By Shalini Rana Inspiration piece She’s a splash of red …