Monthly Archives: December 2011

Matthew Levine and Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine and Robert Haydon Jones

Matthew Levine Sunday Inspiration piece Squirrel…Lark…Lucky. by Robert  Haydon Jones Response A very small, very young squirrel’s frozen profile froze my glance into a long look and held that pose so god damn long that I banged the half‐open screen door to my roof deck just to get it going – and, boy, it skittered and it shocked me with its bushy tail that felt more burly than bushy ‐‐ and I’m telling you the squirrel was very young. And then a red-breasted lark somehow flew in the open downstairs door (our dog is very, very old) and my wife was shrieking like it was a mouse or me with a fresh sin ‐‐ and the lark flew right on up the stairs and my shrieking wife  followed ‐‐ and the happy ending is the lark pecked at itself in my bathroom mirror and then flew away out that same screen door that I  had rapped to scare the squirrel. I remember the red breast on the lark made it seem very vulnerable. I went on back to my chair and started to finish my morning coffee when it occurred to me that I was very lucky that the men who molested me, all those years ago, when I was a boy, didn’t kill me. The more I think about it ‐‐ the luckier I feel. —————————————————— Note: All of the art, writing, and music on this site belongs to the …

 

Robert Haydon Jones and Matthew Levine

Robert Haydon Jones and Matthew Levine

Matthew Levine Clear Response The Story of My Healing Hands by J.P. McKenzie as told to Robert Haydon Jones Inspiration piece Exactly a week ago today, I laid my hands on the …

 

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
and Alixandra Martin

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
and Alixandra Martin

Alixandra Martin London Dreaming Oil on Canvas 40″x30″ Inspiration Piece Umbrella Path Amy Ludwig VanDerwater Response Like old stones in a river …..one by one ……….these bright umbrellas ……………form a path across the water ………………..keeping people …

 

Lisa L. Leibow and Marla Deschenes

Lisa L. Leibow and Marla Deschenes

Ruthie’s Town by Marla Deschenes Response RUTHIE’S TOWN – a story excerpt by Lisa L. Leibow Inspiration It’s an industrial city, centrally located – an hour from everywhere. On Main Street, …

 

Marla Deschenes and Lisa L. Leibow

Marla Deschenes and Lisa L. Leibow

    October Trees Marla Deschenes Inspiration MELTING OCTOBER SNOW –  a story excerpt by Lisa L. Leibow Response Bettina waited for the elevator, picking at the edges of an old wallet-sized photo …

 

dani harris and Ainsley Allmark

dani harris and Ainsley Allmark

Ainsley Allmark Inspiration piece moon dance by dani harris Response . . if  not for the Moon would there be no tides? no gentle surf to wade in or raging seas to fear? . if  not for …

 

Ainsley Allmark and dani harris

Ainsley Allmark and dani harris

Ainsley Allmark Waiting Response piece . the magic of a day . by dani harris . Inspiration piece  . . the sun came up shining her love upon the world warming hearts and souls  . clouds passed by for a very short while shedding …

 

Russ McIntosh and Jewel Beth Davis

Russ McIntosh and Jewel Beth Davis

Russ McIntosh Dweller Within Digital composition Response   Shekhinah Ballerina By Jewel Beth Davis Excerpt from novel, Crisis Becomes You Inspiration piece   Chapter Three   Shekhinah Ballerina With all your thrones and scepters you may rule the world for …

 

Irene Plax

Irene Plax

Irene Plax  Inspiration Piece   Irene Plax Response My tia asked me why I didn’t dance with anyone at the New Year’s Eve party. She told me it’s bad luck …

 

John Lewis and Helen Lewis

John Lewis and Helen Lewis

The Matrix By Helen Lewis Inspiration piece   You know that bit in The Matrix where Neo wakes up on a bunk bed, head shaved, cheeks like rice paper?   Remember how his fingers scan the back …

 

Neil Ellman and
Nick Winkworth

Neil Ellman and
Nick Winkworth

Nick Winkworth Inspiration piece When the Celebration Ends By Neil Ellman Response We littered the streets with broken glass remnants of the night before the eve of a holiday none of us could name making …

 

Susan Gordon and
Annie Perconti

Susan Gordon and
Annie Perconti

Annie Perconti Inspiration piece On Seeing By Susan Gordon Response I am ravished; I am without eyes, my hair is hard-wired to strike. From a distance I am a white seductive, come-hither …

 

Joan McNerney
and Jane Hulstrunk

Joan McNerney
and Jane Hulstrunk

Jane Hulstrunk Inspiration piece Trees Talk By Joan McNerney Response Recounting tales in circles. Light rings of summer dark rings of winter. They reveal their age. Telling of barren winters draped with snowy ice. Or leafy …

 

MM Panas and JoAnn Moore

MM Panas and JoAnn Moore

“Paradise Lost” MM Panas Acrylic, charcoal on canvas 24″x48″ Response   Shadows of Decay By JoAnn Moore Inspiration piece   Like recurring mold on the roof’s eave that creeps houseward,   symptoms of decay are everywhere. Non-native ivy suffocates   the …

 

Lisa Kilhefner and
Linda M. Rhinehart Neas

Lisa Kilhefner and
Linda M. Rhinehart Neas

Lisa Kilhefner Response Unconditional By Linda M. Rhinehart Neas Inspiration piece “I wish they would only take me as I am.” Van Gogh The photo sits, testament to something – Her smile …

 

Sandy Coleman and Ray Sharp

Sandy Coleman and Ray Sharp

Sandy Coleman Letting Go Response Shades of Gray By Ray Sharp Inspiration piece I wrote you a poem in a small and even script words like bird tracks in wet sand but I inked them …

 

Connie Begg and Dawn Lewis Cowan

Connie Begg and Dawn Lewis Cowan

Transplant By Donna Lewis Cowan Inspiration piece     It is what you wanted: to be emptied and filled. Still it surprised you how   easily you came undone, how simply light laid down …

 

Barbara McLaren Bever and Edite Haberman

Barbara McLaren Bever and Edite Haberman

  Edite Haberman Inspiration piece Barbara McLaren Bever Response  Unreined Ukraine Horses once ran free Between our rivers and the Caspians Until we tamed them Like we were later tamed By Germans, Poles, and Russians Corralled …

 

Barbara McLaren Bever and Lynne Elizabeth Heiser

Barbara McLaren Bever and Lynne Elizabeth Heiser

Lynne Elizabeth Heiser Inspiration piece Barbara McLaren Bever Response Via Angelo Via Angelo was their world. Games of tag and hide-and-seek on its cobblestone streets. Later dressed in communion whites They paraded slowly …

 

Judy Weinberg and Grace Burns

Judy Weinberg and Grace Burns

Judy Weinberg Inspiration   Black or White By Grace Burns Response   What would it be like to live in a digital world where there were no shades of gray?   right or wrong true or false bad or …

 

Helen Lewis and John Lewis

Helen Lewis and John Lewis

    Louisiana Highway John Lewis Inspiration piece (music) Louisiana Highway   Helen Lewis Response Mile 392 Head lights punch through the darkness. One of my hands grips the wheel, knuckles white. The other cradles a cigarette, lifting it …

 

Amy Souza and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Amy Souza and
Kathleen Finn Jordan

Amy Souza “Soler Sequence” Ink and pencil on paper Response Solar Birthing Soler By Kathleen Finn Jordan Inspiration piece   Walking thru the summer sun The sandals flap from heels alight And breezes blow neath …

 

Amy Souza and Amanda Miska

Amy Souza and Amanda Miska

Amy Souza “Ray of Hope/Desire” Ink and pencil on paint chip, with mixed media collage Response Jacob’s Daughter By Amanda Miska Inspiration piece . In high school, my husband was a wrestler. It still …

 

Jane Hulstrunk and
Linda Rhinehart Neas

Jane Hulstrunk and
Linda Rhinehart Neas

Jane Hulstrunk Response   Mint and the Way of the Dog By Linda M. Rhinehart Neas Inspiration piece   The plant melted down your windowsill. Green fragrance rubbed between Inquisitive fingers –   “It’s mint!” I …

 

Annie Perconti and Susan Gordon

Annie Perconti and Susan Gordon

      The Ocean Becomes The Drop By Annie Perconti Response   Ocean Boy Susan Gordon Inspiration piece I was born of the ocean. I was born of the sea. I clung to a …