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Natural Selection

Edition of 5, 2021

NATURAL SELECTION 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, inevitability 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.

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Natural Selection

Bodies approach the counter in pairs,
request coffee, tea and, since it’s Saturday,
swirled pastries.

My children are tucked in courses I raked
the internet to find.

My husband is traveling.

I’ve a friend out there, maybe three,
but none are with me.

It’s March in a Florida
packed with Northerners:

people act happy.

I could be with my kids,
certainly.

Be within life,
instead of outside it,

pouring another morning
into the old question—

would my days be better
if I didn’t write?