Spotting Mars in a Pandemic

by Ann Malaspina


tiny flare
in the indigo sky
millions of miles
above the yellow house
next door– 
i spot you  
in my quarantine,
a prick of gleaming
light like 
me.



Ann Malaspina is an award-winning  children’s author and poet living in New Jersey. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her next book, Zeke the Weather Geek: There’s a Lizard in My Blizzard, written with co-author Joan Axelrod-Contrada, will be out in 2022 from Kids Can Press. Sabiyha Prince is an anthropologist, artist, and author based in Washington, DC.  Her books and essays explore urban change and African American culture, and her paintings and photo collages grapple with memory, identity, kinship and inequality.