Brian MacDonald and Erica Szalkowski

Brian MacDonald and Erica Szalkowski

Brian MacDonald response The Butterfly Prostitute Erica Szalkowski inspiration piece Diego wanted to sleep with the prostitute, but couldn’t find a butterfly that she would accept as payment. The first …

 

Lisa Lipkind Leibow and Amy Fullman

Lisa Lipkind Leibow and Amy Fullman

Aimee Fullman Inspiration Piece   How Barnaby Becomes a Bond Slave Lisa Lipkind Leibow Response That night, after sharing a pint with a few blokes at the public house on the …

 

Tora Estep and K.J. Hannah (Channie) Greenberg

Tora Estep and K.J. Hannah (Channie) Greenberg

Tora Estep, charcoal, pastel, and Japanese lace paper on paper Response   Inspiration Both the Instigator and her Mother K.J. Hannah Greenberg Both the instigator and her mother, Showed their slight upon …

 

Jay Young Gerard and Lisa Nielsen

Jay Young Gerard and Lisa Nielsen

Jay Young Gerard Unentitled Inspiration Lisa Nielsen Unentitled Response I wear my loneliness as a cape Draping it like a testimonial to my endurance Another day beleaguered and waiting As mountainous as sunlight. Now we …

 

Lisa Nielsen and Jay Young Gerard

Lisa Nielsen and Jay Young Gerard

Jay Young Gerard Rooms Response Lisa Nielsen Bitter Re-enactment Inspiration The warning lights, red and blinking dazzled like an invitation to a cautionary tale. my catechism is worn out and weary: “don’t’ let him bring you down,” but I’m …

 

Hildie S. Block and Marilyn Ackerman

Hildie S. Block and Marilyn Ackerman

Marilyn Ackerman Phaedra Inspiration piece   Hildie S. Block Phaedra, oil on canvas Response   Taking my fiancé and my step.mother.in.law.to.be to the Museum of Modern Art for Mother’s Day is not my …

 

Tora Estep and KJ Hannah Greenberg

Tora Estep and KJ Hannah Greenberg

Tora Estep Inspiration Piece Until Exhausted KJ Hannah Greenberg Response Piece Women fight back; words, Alimony, poisoned teacups, Until collapsing, exhausted. Thereafter, tatters of hairstyles, Sensible shoes, refusals: no more Long shifts, sexual submission, Reliance on …

 

Patricia Morningstar and Susan Bee

Patricia Morningstar and Susan Bee

      Susan Bee  “Water” Inspiration Piece   Maggie’s Dream By Patricia Morningstar Reponse The night Maggie met Sergei, she had a dream. If there was one thing Maggie detested, it was dreams. …

 

Britt Anderson and Amy Souza

Britt Anderson and Amy Souza

  Amy Souza Inspiration Piece   Escape to the Woods Britt Anderson Response   Phone rings An accident Thank goodness the ambulance came so fast He wasn’t breathing Mom cries Complicated emotions He wasn’t perfect but Now he is broken, …

 

Kristi Conley-Brockie and Olivia Olivia

Kristi Conley-Brockie and Olivia Olivia

Kristi Conley-Brockie Response Olivia Olivia Inspiration piece Don’t Be Sad In Lisbon Don’t be sad in Lisbon. Don’t be sad you might be forgotten. Don’t be sad no one you …

 

Charles Waters and Jane Hulstrunk

Charles Waters and Jane Hulstrunk

Untitled Jane Hulstrunk (Inspiration Piece)   Vacation Charles Waters (Response) Grassy drenched bedbug Dissolves into foliage … poof Nature’s magic track.  

 

Olivia Olivia and Kristi Conley

Olivia Olivia and Kristi Conley

Living Tower, ink on paper - Kristi Conley (Inspiration Piece) ——— Reiko Olivia Olivia (Response) I have a love for quiet, small things. I think of her when I see snails in …

 

Susan Bee and Patricia Morningstar

Susan Bee and Patricia Morningstar

Escape Susan Bee Response Inspiration Reading In Patricia Morningstar Words whispered around her like a stiff autumn wind. Imogene felt as though she would stop breathing. Her knees ached, as did …

 

Diane Mayr and Charles Waters

Diane Mayr and Charles Waters

The Corner Diane Mayr Response Victory Charles Waters Inspiration piece A fusillade of knuckles were the culprits of my now blue, black flesh. Narrow streams of red trickle down my sprouted bottom …

 

Tyson West and GarrettBrunker

Tyson West and GarrettBrunker

        Garrett Brunker Response A FEW AT HARRINGTONS Tyson West I could never count —————————————————— The number of times my old lady Threw me out of the house Let alone ever pull A passing grade in …

 

Barbara Duarte Esgalhado
and Susan Bee

Barbara Duarte Esgalhado
and Susan Bee

Susan Bee “Bliss Dancer” Photograph of Bliss Dance sculpture on Treasure Island, San Francisco Permission By Barbara Duarte Esgalhado Response There is something peculiar about a dress turned inside out. With seams agape, unabashed it …

 

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 – …

 

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 …