Jonathan Ottke and Barbara Black

Jonathan Ottke and Barbara Black

Jonathan Ottke Response The Warm Nights alteration Sun sets, the sexed flowers open. Far off, teenagers screech the songs of dead moths. The warm nights have altered them. They are hysterical with their …

 

Dante Jericho and Meg Max

Dante Jericho and Meg Max

Dante Jericho “Windows and Wings (Gifts from the Emptiness)” Response Horoscope for the Empty By Meg Max Inspiration piece You’ll feel a tug from the stars, a feeling that a plug …

 

Meg Max and Dante Jericho

Meg Max and Dante Jericho

Dante Jericho “Finding Our Orbits” Inspiration piece Luna and the Bears By Meg Max Response The world was not what it once was. When Jane and Rob were children, they’d been relatively …

 

Wendy Schneider and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Wendy Schneider and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Wendy Schneider Response Holiday Memories By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece Cold pricks the nose and ears Cloudy skies and unwelcoming winds swirl As we rush, thinking of others Old friends present and …

 

MM Panas and JoAnn Moore

MM Panas and JoAnn Moore

MM Panas “Blue Vista” Acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 12″x12″ Response The Gift By JoAnn Moore Inspiration piece Cypress bow their crowns to the Pacific as fog ensconced hills make wholly inept attempts to …

 

JoAnn Moore and MM Panas

JoAnn Moore and MM Panas

MM Panas “Pink Snow” Inspiration piece For Possibilities By JoAnn Moore Response It is December. The world is snow tipped with darkness— especially the northern half— after all, it is winter. Songs and tidings attempt to mollify …

 

Barbara Black and Jonathan Ottke

Barbara Black and Jonathan Ottke

Jonathan Ottke Inspiration piece As Camponotus* Is to Love By Barbara Black Response “The work on ants has profoundly affected the way I think about humans.” E. O. Wilson A hidden entry, …

 

Barbara Black and Jonathan Ottke

Barbara Black and Jonathan Ottke

Jonathan Ottke “Paper Wasp” Inspiration piece Sullen Season after Polistes dominula By Barbara Black Response Mist limns a still pond. Snails idle. Liminal. Pallid sun seeps into us. Silent minutes pass, as outside, moist …

 

Barbara Black and Jonathan Ottke

Barbara Black and Jonathan Ottke

Jonathan Ottke “Red Roots” Inspiration piece Supper After Charles Simic By Barbara Black Response The old woman on the floor with a cleaver, its blades stained lurid pink. The cat on the counter …

 

Jules Rolfe and Amy Souza

Jules Rolfe and Amy Souza

Amy Souza “Found” Digitally manipulated photograph Inspiration Piece On the Wings of a Wish By Jules Rolfe Response When you a wish on the glowing candles of your birthday cake, on a dandelion …

 

Tyson West and Susan B.

Tyson West and Susan B.

Susan B. Collage Inspiration piece Mickey Squirel An elegy for me By Tyson West Response Most tragic love tales arise At a distance – fixed points chalked on the stage Glances at the paseo Among …

 

Amy Souza and Diane Mayr

Amy Souza and Diane Mayr

Diane Mayr La Langueur Inspiration piece Digital composition. Drawing by Edgar Degas, poem by Paul Verlaine. Less Than Anguish By Amy Souza Response Quiet rain, steady the kind you can get used to Rhythm …

 

Marsha Staiger and Kamika Cooper

Marsha Staiger and Kamika Cooper

Kamika’s Words Marsha Staiger Acrylic Response   Bad Connection Kamika Cooper Inspiration Piece Those things you thought you knew just wouldn’t leave you alone clouded your vision so thoroughly you never found your way home you were …

 

Susan B. and Tyson West

Susan B. and Tyson West

Susan B. “Shadows” Response Dialogue in a Convent Garden By Tyson West Inspiration piece Sister Barbie: Mother Superior, Forsake did I the worldly pleasures of woman Shopping, cleaning up baby urine, puppy poop …

 

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

Robert Haydon Jones
and Matthew Levine

Matthew Levine “River’s Edge” Response Sing Along By Robert Haydon Jones Inspiration piece Jimmy O’Hara was 15 when he met Joy Levy, his counselor at the summer camp the town …

 

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine and
Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine “Survivor” Inspiration piece One Bad Day By Robert Haydon Jones Response The pitch that broke Jimmy O’Hara’s left forearm was an ordinary fastball in the mid-80s hurled by a …

 

Heitzi Epstein and Linda M. Rhinehart Neas

Heitzi Epstein and Linda M. Rhinehart Neas

Linda M. Rhinehart Neas – Homeless (Photo enhanced with FastStone Image Viewer) Inspiration Response: Lone Survivor by Heitzi Epstein Once I lived within a house of rough planks. The home …

 

Marilyn Ackerman and Michelle Greco

Marilyn Ackerman and Michelle Greco

    Origin Story By Michelle Greco Inspiration piece I’m from a neighborhood where kids put you in a schoolyard headlock in third grade. I’m from stained glass. Jesus looks down on everyone—melancholy. I’m from …

 

Aimee Fullman and Heidi Mordhorst

Aimee Fullman and Heidi Mordhorst

A l’heure Response piece by Aimee Fullman Predestine Inspiration piece by Heidi Mordhorst when does my eyes flashed before my life back when I was                  nothing                 nothing but a twinkle in the …

 

Tora Estep and Jone Rush MacCulloch

Tora Estep and Jone Rush MacCulloch

Tora Estep “Darkness and Light” Charcoal, oil paint, and pigment on paper Response How to Write a Poem By Jone Rush MacCulloch Inspiration piece Rise before dawn gathering words Those juicy, succulent images Aromatic …

 

Anne Nowselski and Cheryl Lavoie

Anne Nowselski and Cheryl Lavoie

Cheryl Lavoie Inspiration piece Apache Plums By Anne Nowselski Response That’s not their name, of course. Plumes, is the word. Fallugia paradoxa, if you want. They don’t grow here, not in the shade of …

 

Barbara Black and Jonathan Ottke

Barbara Black and Jonathan Ottke

Jonathan Ottke Inspiration piece If I Leave a Space By Barbara Black Response He opened the sliding door to his balcony. Standing in the night air soothed him, made  simple …

 

Kamika Cooper and Marsha Staiger

Kamika Cooper and Marsha Staiger

Dragon Fly Marsha Staiger Acrylic Inspiration Piece   We Won’t Forget You Kamika Cooper Response There is history in these walls those who travelled through dense forest and across vast ocean, leaving their mark of the …

 

Kathleen Finn Jordan
and Wendy Schneider

Kathleen Finn Jordan
and Wendy Schneider

Wendy Schneider Inspiration piece Water Wonder By Kathleen Finn Jordan Response Neck arching back and arms reaching for imagined rafters Into the miracle of shower after long day And nipples saluting the …

 

Cecilia Driscoll and Jane Hulstrunk

Cecilia Driscoll and Jane Hulstrunk

  Jane Hulstrunk “Out for a walk” Inspiration   Cecilia Driscoll Response “Wood Pause” in a mountain wood i learned to love the road pavement leading surely home along the golden vanishing i learned to love the …