Susan Bee and
Barbara Duarte Esgalhado

Susan Bee and
Barbara Duarte Esgalhado

Susan Bee “After Rainfall” Response Cicatrix By Barbara Duarte Esgalhado Inspiration piece Cicatrix: 1. a scar resulting from formation and contraction of fibrous tissue in a flesh wound.  2. a mark resembling a …

 

Matthew Levine and Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine and Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine “The Kiss” Response Audrey By Robert Haydon Jones Inspiration piece The amazing thing about the kiss is that every time you see it – the instant their lips touch – …

 

Marcela Kogan and Lisa Pimental

Marcela Kogan and Lisa Pimental

Lisa Pimental Inspiration piece Surprising Green By Marcela Kogan Response CHAPTER 1 Color forbidden in my all—all that is dark and impenetrable. Grass did not grow in the fields of my …

 

Lisa Pimental and Marcela Kogan

Lisa Pimental and Marcela Kogan

Lisa Pimental, 345 Response Marcela Kogan, Coveting My Son’s Tutor Inspiration piece I am sitting in my car, waiting for my son to come out of his tutor’s house, …

 

Robert Haydon Jones and Matthew Levine

Robert Haydon Jones and Matthew Levine

Matthew Levine “Whispering Pines” Inspiration piece Photo Finish By Robert Haydon Jones Response If there were a guy who would suddenly pop up in front of you with a slate with …

 

Bette Hileman and Abigail Vaughan

Bette Hileman and Abigail Vaughan

Abigail Vaughan Inspiration piece Feathers By Bette Hileman Response Stiff feathers not quite real in pale pastels decorate hats from the Forties. Unbending, thick— unlike bird feathers— they circle crowns, enclosing lives. The hats, secured by sharp pins, almost fall …

 

Elizabeth Wexler and Caroline Harrison

Elizabeth Wexler and Caroline Harrison

Caroline Harrison Inspiration piece Waiting For Spring By Elizabeth Wexler Response I walked by the blooms Inhaling the sweet nectar of spring It had been a long, cold winter. Yet We knew that under …

 

Marcia Cole and Becca Biggs

Marcia Cole and Becca Biggs

Marcia Cole “Lilac Sky “ Response Dark Pinecones By Becca Biggs Inspiration piece When I was young, I thought I would be famous. Yet it wasn’t something I worked at, like scaling a mountain lifting …

 

Sukia and Jules Rolfe

Sukia and Jules Rolfe

Sukia Response Following the Ground Ivy Jules Rolfe Inspiration piece She’s taken over our backyard Like we’ve grown into our souls running under the foundation of the grass until …

 

Jules Rolfe and Sukia

Jules Rolfe and Sukia

Sukia Inspiration piece Totem By Jules Rolfe Response Tears have the same salt as seawater When I ride among the trains and bees and buses listening to the …

 

KJ Hannah Greenberg and Jules Rolfe

KJ Hannah Greenberg and Jules Rolfe

Jules Rolfe Inspiration piece Peach Pit Bridges By KJ Hannah Greenberg Response Stacking bits, pits of our lost decade’s Nights spent wondering on preserving Memories, can’t bring that time …

 

Jules Rolfe and KJ Hannah Greenberg

Jules Rolfe and KJ Hannah Greenberg

Jules Rolfe Response Hip Hop Music among the Branches By KJ Hannah Greenberg Inspiration piece They played hip hop among the branches. The birds did. Winging sometimes …

 

Christina Brockett and Gina Katz

Christina Brockett and Gina Katz

Gina Katz Inspiration piece Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid By Christina Brockett Response The jazz background music floated through the large ballroom. The scent of old money and power …

 

Sharon A. Murphy
and Lisa Kilhefner

Sharon A. Murphy
and Lisa Kilhefner

Lisa Kilhefner Inspiration piece Salmon By Sharon A. Murphy Response Your colors startle me, silver scales, copper ripples in the water Jumping higher into the waterfall, glistening gills, variegated tails thrashing in air. Extinction into exaptation. You’ve …

 

Marilyn Ackerman and Helen Lewis

Marilyn Ackerman and Helen Lewis

Marilyn Ackerman Response The First Leaf of Autumn By Helen Lewis Inspiration piece i Phaedra the wood nymph sings and dances, showering the glade with rose petals. She is naked …

 

Gina Katz and Christina Brockett

Gina Katz and Christina Brockett

Gina Katz “Frustration” Response “The Key” By Christina Brockett Inspiration piece The back door creaked accompanied by the thump of a backpack full of books hitting the floor. The refrigerator door …

 

Abigail Vaughan and Bette Hileman

Abigail Vaughan and Bette Hileman

Abigail Vaughan “Dunes” Paper sculpture 17 x 11 x 3 inches Response Dunes By Bette Hileman Inspiration piece . Show me a quiet place behind the dunes where wind does not blow, and that will be …

 

Kirsten Brady and Helen Lewis

Kirsten Brady and Helen Lewis

Kirsten Brady “Michelangelo’s Motor” Response A Visit to the Sistine Chapel, 1511 By Helen Lewis Inspiration piece You’ll find my master on the scaffold there: Flat on his back, with paint streaks …

 

Amy Souza and Seth Leamer

Amy Souza and Seth Leamer

Seth Leamer “Meat Goat” Inspiration piece From “A Brief History of the Seventeenth Conflict” By Amy Souza Response First reference to the meat goat can be found in the 26th century, …

 

Amy Souza and
Barbara Duarte Esgalhado

Amy Souza and
Barbara Duarte Esgalhado

Barbara Duarte Esgalhado Inspiration piece Worrying Lack of Context By Amy Souza Response The man next door is shaped like a vee, his bottom so skinny it’s a wonder …

 

Caroline Davies and Jane Hulstrunk

Caroline Davies and Jane Hulstrunk

Jane Hulstrunk Response Blue Birds By Caroline Davies Inspiration piece You used to wait for them to return, ‘Blue birds’ you called them, before you could say ‘Swallow’ ‘Blue Birds Back’ was …

 

Barbara Martin and Denise Marois-Wolf

Barbara Martin and Denise Marois-Wolf

Barbara Martin Happy Place (collage, ink) Response Denise Marois-Wolf The Space Between Us Inspiration piece My sister is across the table, shifting her gaze from my face to my hands. She …

 

Denise Marois-Wolf and Barbara Martin

Denise Marois-Wolf and Barbara Martin

Barbara Martin Dig Deeper Inspiration Piece Afternoon at the Place de la Concorde By Denise Marois-Wolf By the time the tour group reaches the Place de la Concorde, …

 

Sharon A. Murphy
and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Sharon A. Murphy
and Kathleen Finn Jordan

Sharon A. Murphy Response Brushed Blue By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece Like a lint Roller the wind Picks up leaves and earth and the tiny delicate last petals of summer Rolling …

 

Kathleen Finn Jordan
and Sharon A. Murphy

Kathleen Finn Jordan
and Sharon A. Murphy

Sharon A. Murphy Inspiration Piece Wheels Down By Kathleen Finn Jordan Response Why me ?  as fate points its indelible finger Perhaps wrong finger, perhaps pointing wrong way Feelin’ small and trapped Just …