A Reading by Poet Ana Maria Caballero
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL
Nursing, peeing, death, getting drunk, and turning the lights down-Ana Maria Caballero finds wonderful poetry in both prosaic and transcendent moments of motherhood, marriage, life.
—William Eaton, Editor, Zeteo
Ana Maria Caballero’s poems take us inside a wild and fierce intellect that, like a house, is on its surface well-ordered and welcoming. Beyond that manicured outward appearance, however, lies the complexity of its domestic life, a life that Caballero explores with an enviable amount of courage.
—P. Scott Cunningham, Director, O, Miami Poetry Festival
How necessary it is to read poems that talk about the unpaid labor we do as humans, as women, as mothers, as partners, as daughters, as poets. In “mid-life,” Ana Maria Caballero documents these moments of intimacy and alienation not only with vulnerability but also with tender force. These poems speak of a self that is borne of all the other selves it has encountered, and loved, and not yet loved. The ‘I’, like many of us, is on a plane headed toward a memory, a white room, some other country.
—Vanessa Gabb, Editor, Five Quarterly Journal
Ana Maria Caballero’s new collection is a celebration of diminishing innocence and growing wisdom that is indicative of mid-life. Touching upon tenderness, motherhood, anguish and partnership, these poems are as rhythmic as the moods of a newborn child. Caballero shares the ebb and flow of a meaningful writing life. She is a poet that bestows upon the reader “the notion of marriage, of children, of daily love.” Indeed, a fine read.
—Wendy Gist, author of Moods of the Dream Fog (Finishing Line Press, 2016), Co-founder of Red Savina Review
Ana Maria Caballero is a Colombian writer living in Miami. In 2014, her book “Entre domingo y domingo” (“From Sunday to Sunday”) won Colombia’s José Manuel Arango National Poetry Prize and received second prize in the Ediciones Embalaje nationwide contest. Silver Birch Press anthologized her chapbook “Reverse Commute.” In 2016, Finishing Line Press published “mid-life” her first book of poems. Her poems have appeared in over twenty journals, including Smoking Glue Gun Magazine, Red Savina Review, Jai-Alai Magazine, CutBank and The Potomac. She has a magna cum laude Bachelor’s degree in Romance Studies from Harvard University and is currently pursuing an MFA at FIU. Ana’s poems and book thoughts can be found at www.thedrugstorenotebook.co.