Art & Poetry

For My Mother’s Eyes

Photo by Klemen Vrankar on Unsplash   Release me, Dear Mom Your gentle touch thrills me still My heart satisfied My stomach full Release me, Dear Love Let your motherhood sail My feet hold me now My thoughts enabled Release me, Dear One, Your lessons firmly within me…

Black and Essential: GW Harper

  “Imagine being both Black and “Essential” in today’s current cultural/pandemic climate. Well, I don’t have to and what I’m left with is an unexplainable sense of emptiness. A feeling that my life is practically disposable as both a nurse and a woman of color. I’m just another…

Lessons Alabama Taught Me

  Yesterday, I had the opportunity to perform an intimate and vulnerable spoken word in front of the courthouse in Florence, AL during PROJECT SAY SOMETHING’S Monument Removal Rally. I was invited by Johanna Stacy Robertson, an amazing woman and one of the founders of Beyond the Women’s…

On Being a New Father: An Interview with Daniel Knight

An Interview with Daniel Knight by Rhonda Hardy, Father’s Day 2020   I met Dan about nine months ago through my son, Ruben. We were together for dinner to celebrate with him and his new bride Tabitha. They also had the cutest baby girl, Gia, with them. She…

Prosetry: Frank Malaba

A Love Letter To Myself Still learning to find who it is I see when I look in the mirror. Still learning to find meaning in failure and success. Still learning to say my name in a kinder way. Still learning to taste what my mother tongue really…

Release: A Process

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu   Releasing is a process of realization that we carry self-imposed as well as systemic weights which detain our growth. Life circumstances and situations paint a picture replete with emotions as…

That Yo-Yo Ma

A place of peace, OOthat’s where Yo-Yo Ma OOhas brought me Pandemic outside. I’m following Yo-Yo Ma OOthrough a pleasant maze, OOup, down, and around, OOand around. That Yo-Yo Ma! More strident now, OOin a thrilling way, OOmellow, measured, and thrilling. People ill and dying OOoutside. Work to…

Candid Conversations: Dillon Utter

Garden Spices Magazine connected with Dillon Utter, a visual artist based in Endicott, New York. Along with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, he has won awards, grants and scholarships. This New York graduate from the School of Visual Arts is constantly creating and recreating himself. His works have…

ARTIST CONNIE HERNANDEZ : Therartpy

  One of the big pieces I did in my Rona-art series -Connie Hernandez Connie Hernandez was born in Dallas, Texas, and still resides there to this day. Raised by her grandparents, Hernandez always had a passion for drawing at an early age. She became a single parent…

Creatively Inspired: Zac Watson

Zac Watson is 14 years old in the 9th grade.  His main interests are music (jazz and classical), cooking, skating, working out, freestyle biking, and hanging with his girlfriend. Beginning at age 12, .Zac taught himself how to play piano, which then branched off into music theory and then…