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 …

 

Jonathan Ottke and Kamika Cooper

Jonathan Ottke and Kamika Cooper

Jonathan Ottke “We” Pen, ink, paper Response Ancestral Mantra By Kamika Cooper Inspiration piece we hope you live we hope you thrive we hope you find the strength to fight and speak your mind we hope …

 

Darice M. Jones and Anya Drapkin

Darice M. Jones and Anya Drapkin

Anya Drapkin “Rain Dance” Ink & crayon on paper Response Piqued on Ashby By Darice M. Jones Inspiration Piece Ayele heard the “bop, bop, bop” of the drums as she drove by From …

 

Anya Drapkin and Darice M. Jones

Anya Drapkin and Darice M. Jones

Anya Drapkin “Nesting” Inspiration piece Leaping Through Elements of You By Darice M. Jones Response Limbic Ikande was a curious African child born the heart of the often sunny but much …

 

Darice Jones and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Darice Jones and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Darice Jones “Y’all Be Tryin’ It” Response Our Turn By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece Say their names—you don’t know them But the world is aghast; As each death repeats We hope it’s the …

 

Kathleen Finn Jordan and Darice Jones

Kathleen Finn Jordan and Darice Jones

Darice Jones “Setting with Verve” Inspiration piece Mind Screen By Kathleen Finn Jordan Response Since Covid blasted into my space My mind screen’s been the same A sparkling sea … a warming sun A …

 

Kamika Cooper and Jonathan Ottke

Kamika Cooper and Jonathan Ottke

Jonathan Ottke “Cherry Petals on Water” Photography Inspiration piece Abandoned By Kamika Cooper Response you heard what they said about me and you believed every word shook me right off your tree like the fruit …

 

Alyscia Cunningham
and Marisa Bevington

Alyscia Cunningham
and Marisa Bevington

Marisa Bevington Inspiration piece Im·pen·e·tra·ble By Alyscia Cunningham Response Time flies Years go by Her insight intensifies. Though tired and worn She passes the locust thorn Unadorned Grown accustomed to hurdles Her soul sets and fertiles And visions …

 

Diane Mayr and Lisa L. Leibow

Diane Mayr and Lisa L. Leibow

Diane Mayr “If We Go Any Slower, We’ll Be Going Backwards” Digital collage Response Girls Are Flyers By Lisa L. Leibow Inspiration piece It was so cold, Chapman Pond had frozen over. …

 

Diane Mayr and Anne-Marie Ross

Diane Mayr and Anne-Marie Ross

Diane Mayr “Beasts” Digital collage Response I Know Where the Bodies Accrue Freezer Burn By Anne-Marie Ross Inspiration piece One eye sees one eye remembers. The mouth tears flesh flashes back to when it reached only …

 

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 …

 

Meg Max and Diane Mayr

Meg Max and Diane Mayr

Diane Mayr “The Elephant and the Jester” Inspiration piece A Visit to the Circus By Meg Max Response It was easy to lead her home. She was willing to accept peanuts  from you, …

 

Kathleen Finn Jordan and Amy Souza

Kathleen Finn Jordan and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece Everything Will Be O.K. By Kathleen Finn Jordan Response The explosion of the isolation will soon come                     …