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.


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,

Be within life,
instead of outside it,

pouring another morning
into the old question—

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