Lisa Kilhefner and Jackie Wood

Lisa Kilhefner and Jackie Wood

Jackie Wood Inspiration piece Pick up by Lisa Kilhefner Response Pick me, pick me, pick me Pick me up Pick up, pick up, pick up and go. Pick me up and don’t put me …

 

Jackie Wood and Lisa Kilhefner

Jackie Wood and Lisa Kilhefner

Jackie Wood Response Knockout By Lisa Kilhefner Inspiration piece I don’t fight fair. I don’t fight at all. Once I tried but the punching bag looked more like a water balloon, and one hit from him was …

 

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 Soar wispy but not frail The woman who discovered their life cycle Was ridiculed …

 

Darice Shatteen-Jones and Evelyn Ihrke

Darice Shatteen-Jones and Evelyn Ihrke

The Galaxy and The Fall by Evelyn Ihrke Response   Our Fated Fall written by Darice Shatteen-Jones Inspiration Piece I am a climber Epicurean by nature And also by choice Thick, curvy, thewy …

 

Evelyn Ihrke and Darice Shatteen-Jones

Evelyn Ihrke and Darice Shatteen-Jones

Evelyn Ihrke “Horizon from Angola to Canada” Inspiration piece   Sonje Lavi By Darice Shatteen-Jones Response We landed here, back here I suppose, on a Sankofa vessel. Sankofa vessels are made of …

 

Diane Mayr and Janet Buell

Diane Mayr and Janet Buell

Janet Buell Ravens in Snow watercolor and colored pencils on watercolor paper. 6” x 8” Inspiration piece Diane Mayr Ravens in Snow: three cherita Response Ravens in Snow: three cherita we humans must …

 

Jules Rolfe and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Jules Rolfe and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Jules Rolfe Response piece Short Poem Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece I love the short poem It draws the picture Sculpts the moment Captures the feeling… Leaving beauty, awe, tears or chuckles In its wake I …

 

Urmilla Khanna and Darice Jones

Urmilla Khanna and Darice Jones

The Match outer photographs and collage by Darice Shatteen-Jones (model: Teondre Newman) Response   Excerpt from Boundaries of the Wind a memoir by Urmilla Khanna Inspiration Piece The following week, …

 

Darice Jones and Urmilla Khanna

Darice Jones and Urmilla Khanna

Today photographed by Darice Shatteen-Jones  Inspiration Piece   The Bench written by Urmilla Khanna Response “You mind if I share the bench with you Henry?” she asked. The word Henry …

 

Kathleen Finn Jordan and Jules Rolfe

Kathleen Finn Jordan and Jules Rolfe

Jules Rolfe Inspiration piece Patterned View Kathleen Finn Jordan Response piece Evening falls and footfalls tred the path along the beach Expanse of water wraps around as eyes like arms spread, …

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Linda Sorrells-Smith

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Linda Sorrells-Smith

Linda Sorrells-Smith “Watching” Oil on canvas Inspiration piece   The Laughing Man’s Eyes By KJ Hannah Greenberg Response piece        The laughing man’s eyes,                                             like so many high      Falutin drum rolls, brightened                                  before …

 

Linda Sorrells-Smith and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

Linda Sorrells-Smith and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

  Linda Sorrells-Smith “Enviromantle” Response Ebony pencil on paper Nonetheless, Encouraged State By KJ Hannah Greenberg Inspiration piece In rippled lands, brutality’s strictures no longer reign. There, pyres swell sky over ocean, smoke away …

 

Darice Jones and Kamika Cooper

Darice Jones and Kamika Cooper

Kamika Cooper “earlybyrd” digital photography Inspiration piece   Morning Twilight By Darice Shatteen-Jones Response I woke up at dark thirty (as we call the deep night in some parts of our African diaspora) …

 

Kamika Cooper and Darice Jones

Kamika Cooper and Darice Jones

Kamika Cooper “currentsurfer” digital photography Response   This Time Around By Darice Shatteen-Jones Inspiration Piece I wanted to be the bird But I was the air Expanding everything that pulled me in Holding things up Without being …

 

Janet Buell and Diane Mayr

Janet Buell and Diane Mayr

Janet Buell February Couture Sennelier soft pastels on black paper. 6” x 8” Response Diane Mayr February Dusk Inspiration piece February Dusk Dusty rose embroidered in ice blue. The designing moon peers proudly upon a gown resplendent with crystals. “Will you let me …

 

Ann Quinn and Anya Drapkin

Ann Quinn and Anya Drapkin

Anya Drapkin Inspiration piece You By Ann Quinn Response They’ll pull you into pieces thighs   legs   breasts they’ll lump you with vices money   booze   women they’ll call you a toy doll or …

 

Kamika Cooper and Cathy Stevens Pratt

Kamika Cooper and Cathy Stevens Pratt

Cathy Stevens Pratt Inspiration piece   Greed By Kamika Cooper Response she arose from waves powerful and mountainous a sight to behold she threw her head back hair cascading wildflowers seeds and sustenance we opened our mouths feasting …

 

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 …

 

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

“Christmas Eve”Matthew LevineResponse The Best Christmas Tree EverBy Robert Haydon JonesInspiration 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

“South Norwalk Nocturne”Matthew LevineInspiration piece Life Goes OnBy Robert Haydon JonesResponse He was a child, then for a very brief while, he was a little boy, and then, …

 

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 …

 

Ann Quinn and Marilyn Ackerman

Ann Quinn and Marilyn Ackerman

Marilyn Ackerman Inspiration piece Cattle in Snow By Ann Quinn Response “Eternity is always present in the animal mind; only men deal in beginnings and ends.” –Wendell Berry The cold is absolute is …

 

Lené Gary and Jenny Forrester

Lené Gary and Jenny Forrester

Lené Gary “Overwintering” Response Untitled By Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece My three chickens fed in the alley, and I watched over them, my triangle-shaped knitting bag with the handy wrist loop …

 

Ipek Davaz and Leslie Grollman

Ipek Davaz and Leslie Grollman

“Entwined” Ipek Davaz Response Warped By Leslie Grollman Inspiration piece I was given life on a loom from the smoke of the ocean from the smoke of the seeds. I give you desert-blue stones wrapped …

 

Kathleen Finn Jordan
and Brigitte Nowers

Kathleen Finn Jordan
and Brigitte Nowers

“Phoenix” Brigitte Nowers Inspiration piece Toile Intérieure By Kathleen Finn Jordan Response Deep down canvas Swirling, twirling inner urges Dynamic tsunami of fragmentation id, ego, superego dance Play bursting into color Spin and surface The depths of …