Cabrera is the author of Flood Bloom (H_NGM_N BKS, 2013) and the
chapbook, Dear Sensitive Beard (dancing girl press, 2012). Some of her
most recent poems appear or are forthcoming at B O D Y Literature, The
Bakery, Ilk, and Sink Review. She teaches at Florida Atlantic
University and lives in Fort Lauderdale.
Statement of Poetics
While writing Flood Bloom, I was very interested in image and space and how those two elements can interact in a poem. The poems in this collection often consist of either a string of images, following associatively from one to another, or a single image, magnified and pressed up against. I tried to be conscious of how space given to each image or space used to turn away from an image could pressurize or diffuse the weight of the image—how control of negative space around meaning can create meaning, or belie meaning, or complicate it. Here, “space” can mean physical space on the page or the constructed space within the poem. Further, by setting up a narrator with an observing eye for both the surreal and the everyday, I also aimed to consider how the speaker moves through the space of an environment, or, alternately, how that environment moves around her. To me, this book marks my excavating process of the interplay between image, space and speaker.
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