Edition of 5, 2021
“Litany in D Minor” is part of Blue Prints, a closed collection of five poems that subtly responds to the concept of a “roadmap” vis à vis the creative process. Rather than asking where art may lead, Caballero invites readers to consider where art comes from by sharing her own poetic practice.
The media-rich poems in Caballero’s Blue Prints collection are linked graphically but also thematically. Each poem approaches the question of what drives literary creation from a different perspective, but, in all, the inevitability of the process is palpable.
For Caballero, writing is not a matter of choice or of destination–instead, writing is her blueprint, at once the origin, essence and design.
Litany in D Minor
In the bedroom of my midlife,
I summon god each night.
How it feels: my skin shrinks from air,
wishing to recede
into another realm,
but I cannot know what it means.
I have no say in the way
night after night,
to beg of this screen an answer to offer
to that factual world of other,
as justification, yes, but also—
so god is my witness—