When the Virus Hit
by Rachel Decesario
When the virus hit she was already self-quarantined
dabbing Purell under the tip of her nose
holding staring contests with clouds
through a grime-streaked window
What happens when tomorrow comes ahead of schedule
as a child’s fear of asteroids colliding overhead
fireworks in the sky like the sparkler in the hand
sparks crawling toward white knuckles gripped beneath a sulfur moon
All my life it seems I’ve been trying to get into heaven
writing my deeds down in his ledger, he greets me at the gate
Peter with the keys
Paul with the sword
When Hurricane Maria hit I messaged my cousins in old San Juan
are you okay are you okay?
When the virus hit I messaged my cousins in Rome
are you are you okay siete bene, tutti bene?
When she croons with her pearls, it tends to sound the same
Like marrowbone, it’s a porous thing
I think of things I could have done
I colored inside the lines
The Staten Island Zine League (SIZL) is a collaboration between artist Maggie Buford, MakerSpace NYC, and NYSAI Press to present regular zine workshops for local artists, writers, poets, and budding creatives in preparation for the zine fest SIZL.
Workshops will be facilitated by rotating local Staten Island artists to help attendees learn about creating their first zines, designing layouts, and more. Prompts will be provided to workshop attendees so they can contribute. These zines will be compiled and then published to be sold at SIZL's inaugural zine fest—a day for zines, comics, readings, small press, and more where locals can buy, sell, and trade ephemera.
Presented by the Staten Island Zine League and NYSAI Press with funding from Staten Island Arts.
SIZL's workshops will return leading up to the next zine fest!