Author: Amy Souza

Missy Lambert and Juleen Johnson

Missy Lambert and Juleen Johnson

Juleen Johnson Inspiration piece This Old Bird Writes Something By Missy Lambert Response It’s not easy to write when I feel like an old bird that has to dip its …

 

Juleen Johnson and Missy Lambert

Juleen Johnson and Missy Lambert

Juleen Johnson Response Ragged Heart Song By Missy Lambert Inspiration piece Can’t see where you are now nothing familiar, lost in your own house. Your grip is slipping, no foothold to be …

 

Amy Souza and Cristal Brawley

Amy Souza and Cristal Brawley

Cristal Brawley Inspiration piece How the Heart Works By Amy Souza Response You hear clicking across hardwood as the dog searches for you. Wind shattered the night – rumbled windows, punched …

 

Cristal Brawley and Amy Souza

Cristal Brawley and Amy Souza

Cristal Brawley Response Tourist Town By Amy Souza Inspiration piece They haven’t solved the murder, Judy tells me. No one knows what happened but they assume the boy rode out …

 

Jennifer Fendya and Dale Leffler

Jennifer Fendya and Dale Leffler

Jennifer Fendya Response Do You Know Hunger’s Touch? By Dale Leffler Inspiration piece Do you know hunger’s touch? Do you have an appetite that comes after watching mashed potato clouds drift over …

 

Dale Leffler and Jennifer Fendya

Dale Leffler and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya Inspiration piece We Circle Words By Dale Leffler Response We circle, drawing lines of demarcation some cut straight to the heart of equivocation unsupported obtuse tangents deserve no attention others, right-angled …

 

Missy Lambert and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Missy Lambert and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Missy Lambert “Old Growth Fettered” Response (See video of Missy’s painting process here.) Braiding the Living By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece Shocked in the reading of Braiding the Sweetgrass Grieved for the …

 

Leslie Grollman and Donna JT Smith

Leslie Grollman and Donna JT Smith

Leslie Grollman “Take Off” Response Rain Touched By Donna JT Smith Inspiration piece The drops tap on her shoulders puddlemuddling her toes, Still she dances in the rain where rosy garden grows. Sweet verdant vibrant …

 

Marisa Bevington and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

Marisa Bevington and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

Marisa Bevington Response Into the Bargain By KJ Hannah Greenberg Response I’ve got to ignore some spates of stupidity. It’ realistic to think grownups Should interact frequently with tykes, even if …

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Marisa Bevington

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Marisa Bevington

Marisa Bevington Inspiration piece Folie à Deux By KJ Hannah Greenberg Response In friendship, sometimes, shared psychosis devastates All hope for normal function. Seemingly, interaction’s Hurt by shared delusional disorder. Psychosis remains A …

 

Amy Souza and Ash Martins

Amy Souza and Ash Martins

Amy Souza Response Grief Is Part I By Ash Martins Inspiration piece Time slows down, stops entirely, then somehow starts again in the moments you transition from this life to your next Grief is so unbelievably heavy It …

 

Amy Souza and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Amy Souza and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Amy Souza Response August Strokes By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece Slipping into the liquid aqua glassed pool These are the days of leisure swims Summer season — autumn of life The swish …

 

Heather Hartman and Amy Souza

Heather Hartman and Amy Souza

Heather Hartman Response Orbit By Amy Souza Inspiration piece Everywhere is here and there and nowhere you can be at once Like those signs with seven arrows pointing every which way Big town – Small town – The moon – You …

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Jennifer Fendya

KJ Hannah Greenberg
and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya Inspiration piece Lief By KJ Hannah Greenberg Response Happiness, after all, buds when verisimilitudes and truth form Matching pairs, when most weet of feelings become integrated, When both straths and …

 

Jennifer Fendya and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

Jennifer Fendya and
KJ Hannah Greenberg

Jennifer Fendya Response Death by Children By KJ Hannah Greenberg Inspiration piece That morning marked the nineteenth during which Lani was troubled by fever. What had begun as an “innocent” …

 

Ash Martins and Amy Souza

Ash Martins and Amy Souza

Amy Souza Inspiration piece To the Buoy, and Beyond By Ash Martins Response If I swim to the buoy, I’ll have someplace to hold onto, if I want. But, I …

 

Cristal Brawley and Amy Souza

Cristal Brawley and Amy Souza

Cristal Brawley Response No One Said a Pandemic Would Feel This Lonely By Amy Souza Inspiration piece TV people on a TV blanket watch TV stars then break into song Absence …

 

Amy Souza and Cristal Brawley

Amy Souza and Cristal Brawley

Cristal Brawley Inspiration piece Talking to the Dead By Amy Souza Response 1. They don’t care about salmonberries or our fear of needles overcome. We hope they miss us but …

 

Leslie Grollman and Jennifer Fendya

Leslie Grollman and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya “Broderick Park, Niagara” Inspiration piece Ushering the Moon Into the Lake By Leslie Grollman Response A yellow comfy chair from the Saturday Flea perfect for teatime and tossing seeds to the birds:…….gull…….duck…….sparrow perfect …

 

Jennifer Fendya and
Marisa Bevington

Jennifer Fendya and
Marisa Bevington

Marisa Bevington Inspiration piece Everyone Hurting By Jennifer Fendya Response Everyone …..hurting everyone too …..tight and …..heavy, too weary and …..oppositional, each one seeking an exit …..stage left stage right This angry snake …..(clutch it hard now, sharp …..talons grasping) biting the …

 

Marisa Bevington
and Jennifer Fendya

Marisa Bevington
and Jennifer Fendya

Marisa Bevington Response After the End Times By Jennifer Fendya Inspiration piece I imagine you dead. You gave your car to her your house I have your wedding photo album in a plastic bag …

 

Linda Mitchell
and Jone MacCulloch

Linda Mitchell
and Jone MacCulloch

Linda Mitchell “Silences” Response Silences By Jone MacCulloch Inspiration piece A moonless sky tonight The phone in the hall doesn’t ring Commas drift like clouds Weather’s changing, my scar knows The phone in the hall …

 

Linda Mitchell
and Jone MacCulloch

Linda Mitchell
and Jone MacCulloch

Jone MacCulloch “Solstice Blessings” Inspiration piece Blessings for Solstice By Linda Mitchell Response Today solstice blessings be upon us Today we leap from moon to sun Today three times ‘round the byre Today light …

 

Jennifer Fendya,
Madona Tyler LeBlanc,
and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya,
Madona Tyler LeBlanc,
and Jenny Forrester

Jennifer Fendya “Offering” Response Madona Tyler LeBlanc Inspiration piece (movement video) Jenny Forrester Inspiration piece (writing) I finally woke up, understanding there are people who only love dead people, there are people …

 

Jenny Forrester and Jennifer Fendya

Jenny Forrester and Jennifer Fendya

Jennifer Fendya Inspiration piece Jenny Forrester Response We’re going to lose, shredding each other instead of the other side. You know????   —————————————————— Note: All of the art, writing, and music on this …