Author: Amy Souza

Amy Souza and Jennifer Fendya

Amy Souza and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya Inspiration piece Tender Perennial By Amy Souza Response In one of her last voicemails before she died, my mother said, “I’m lonely. I want to go home.” My …

 

MM Panas and JoAnn Moore

MM Panas and JoAnn Moore

MM Panas Response Ghostwriter By JoAnn Moore Inspiration piece The day before my mother slipped between worlds she said— quite lucidly— Write me true. Wouldn’t she rather I write her well? Her eyes caught me, closed. Gone. The clear …

 

JoAnn Moore and MM Panas

JoAnn Moore and MM Panas

MM Panas 11×13″ acrylic and charcoal on paper Inspiration piece Revelations By JoAnn Moore Response Layered colors disobey the rudimentary outlines as if they will not be contained. Life is like a painting that way— the …

 

Amy Souza and Ash Martins

Amy Souza and Ash Martins

Amy Souza Watercolor mixed media on reporter notebook paper Response “Pass the Jelly!” By Ash Martins Inspiration piece Say, wouldn’t it be swell if we humans sat a spell and hummed like the bees but danced like the …

 

Ash Martins and Amy Souza

Ash Martins and Amy Souza

Ash Martins Psychic Bleed Out Response One Eye Open By Amy Souza Inspiration piece Ultimately we all grieve alone The pain of seclusion Historical lack Nothing feels good California’s on fire and Losses just keep coming I …

 

Ash Martins and Amy Souza

Ash Martins and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece A New Kind Of Playground By Ash Martins Response Dicky couldn’t wait for bedtime. He even drummed up a couple of ideas to see if …

 

Jennifer Fendya and Amy Souza

Jennifer Fendya and Amy Souza

Jennifer Fendya Response One Eye Open By Amy Souza Inspiration piece Ultimately we all grieve alone The pain of seclusion Historical lack Nothing feels good California’s on fire and Losses just keep coming I have accomplished …

 

Amy Souza and Ash Martins

Amy Souza and Ash Martins

Ash Martins “Recurrence” Digital oil on canvas Inspiration piece North Coast Overlook By Amy Souza Response Ribbons of azure sky Float on a painterly tide While blackfish jump into the horizon Of an everlasting ocean Hint …

 

Trouble Mandeson
and KJ Hannah Greenberg

Trouble Mandeson
and KJ Hannah Greenberg

Trouble Mandeson Response After Defeating a Dragon By KJ Hannah Greenberg Response Rufus ran his index finger over the long scar on his thigh. He had been fortunate to have …

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Trouble Mandeson

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Trouble Mandeson

Trouble Mandeson Inspiration piece Food Forest “Friends” By KJ Hannah Greenberg Response “Arayan, we have it all!” “Aviano, just pass the butter.” “No, really, sister, look out our window. We’ve a food …

 

Jenny Forrester and Susan Hillyard

Jenny Forrester and Susan Hillyard

Susan Hillyard Inspiration piece Jenny Forrester Response Kick dust in their faces, keep your head down or up, your ears back or forward, stay alert. They’re always coming for …

 

Ash Martins and Jonathan Ottke

Ash Martins and Jonathan Ottke

Jonathan Ottke Inspiration piece Diving in December By Ash Martins Response Frank smiled as he watched everyone. The log cabin buzzed with energy during winter break. Have you ever seen …

 

Jonathan Ottke and Ash Martins

Jonathan Ottke and Ash Martins

Jonathan Ottke “Day at the Beach” Response Time Stop By Ash Martins Inspiration piece Seagulls catch waves of Wind blows fast and hot and dry Air smells of wild mint and sea so …

 

Robert Haydon Jones
and Amy Souza

Robert Haydon Jones
and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece Me and Mary Lou By Robert Haydon Jones Response I want to tell you how Mary Lou and I got together but I warn you this …

 

Stephanie Ross and
Stefanie A. Shilling

Stephanie Ross and
Stefanie A. Shilling

Stephanie Ross Response The Magician’s Box By Stefanie A. Shilling Inspiration piece climb in lay yourself down stretch time stops in the magician’s box outside, the shiny tops spin reflections glimmer bouncing lights then comes the first cut make …

 

Amy Souza and Jenny Forrester

Amy Souza and Jenny Forrester

Amy Souza Response Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece My brother and I loved Johnny Cash, singing Ring of Fire. Loud. Over and over. It’s decades later now. We grew apart in …

 

Jenny Forrester and Amy Souza

Jenny Forrester and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece Jenny Forrester Response I wish you would’ve listened while I was water and you were sand. It hurt to fly into the center alone, to …

 

Jenny Forrester and
Jennifer Fendya

Jenny Forrester and
Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya “Sheep Go to Heaven” (2010) Inspiration piece Jenny Forrester Response I live in heaven with multi-verse gods, ghosts and aging cats, sitting in a tree house, watching bright …

 

Jennifer Fendya
and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya
and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya “The Spark of Self-Recognition” Response Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece On the porch, windowed, green painted, white trim, I’d screwed hooks every whichawhere and there were flowers hanging upside …

 

Amy Souza and
Cathy Stevens Pratt

Amy Souza and
Cathy Stevens Pratt

Cathy Stevens Pratt Inspiration piece Here to There By Amy Souza Response Can you get from here to there? Abandon that tree limb For the next phase Grass to sky to building to …

 

Cathy Stevens Pratt
and Amy Souza

Cathy Stevens Pratt
and Amy Souza

Cathy Stevens Pratt Response Mind of Bees By Amy Souza Inspiration piece You must have a mind of bees To keep you company on quiet days That stretch unending toward decades alone Your …

 

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 …