BOOKS >>> Caroline Cabrera. FLOOD BLOOM.
102 pages :: 8” x 5”
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Instead of a big bang, Caroline Cabrera’s Flood Bloom begins with a powder keg, and the “I” and “you” of the resulting poems embrace their instincts to research their often-textual, often-spatial universe (“a fluffy architecture / I am only imagining gulls flying through”), seeking “proof by transitive reality.” While the book ends with the discovery that “I am certain we are everything we think,” in between we watch the many constructions of dioramas and “simple machines” as finite models of the infinite, personal models of the universal. This book is smart, super fun, sometimes wild, always brilliant.
Caroline Cabrera’s Flood Bloom sparks with generosity. We’re welcomed into a version of this world that amplifies the one we ordinarily inhabit.
Cabrera lets us have magic, she lets us levitate, she gives us a little sleight of hand. These poems are a great, truly melded, mighty mixture of what is seriously impossible to get at, and what moods and manners let us compensate for impossibility; there’s wit, scorching intelligence, precision, love of handling words, syntax and sonics; there’s heart, compassion, empathy, imagination, invitation. This is an incomparably strong debut.
Caroline Cabrera was born in Pembroke Pines, Florida and holds degrees from Stetson University and the University of Massachusetts. She is the author of the chapbook, Dear Sensitive Beard (Dancing Girl Press, 2013). She works as chapbook editor at Slope Editions Publications and currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.