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August 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

An Evening with Ana Maria Caballero


Books & Books


August 28
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
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Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Mammal: Sacrifice Is Not A Virtue

Wednesday, August 28, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is proud to present an evening with Ana Maria Caballero presenting her new book of poems, Mammal: Sacrifice Is Not A Virtue

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

MAMMAL probes how the inescapable rhythms of our physicality govern our emotional hungers. We like to view ourselves as in control, but the reality is that desires we don’t quite understand determine how we relate to ourselves, our partners, our children, our parents. Even metaphysical, spiritual quests are launched from the plane of the sensorial, which hinges on our animalistic need for survival. Intimate relationships, too, are at the mercy of our inborn-and often opposing-longings for both emotional stability and adventure, generating subtle layers of conflict with others that we have difficulty comprehending. Mammal sings from deep within these layers.The book is organized into three sections, each prefaced with a quote by authors whose voices are crucial to the text-Sharon Olds, Anne Carson and Elena Ferrante. Within each section, poems, lineated and prose poems are used to explore different facets of motherhood, pregnancy, and the body, without prescribing to obvious reproductive patterns. Rather, the book exists in a state of atemporality. Several of the poems are titled Week XX and feature a different number from one to forty, suggesting the gestational process, but these poems are dispersed through the manuscript outside of the established numerical order. They appear to signal our disordered, disheveled selves.

The tension between physicality and selfhood, between biological processes and their cultural implications, and between ecology and the storylines we construct to explain (and thus attempt to contain) it are plumbed in MAMMAL’s pages. No entity can claim credit for the way our bodies work, and as such any attempt to brandish the body as a weapon is baseless. Embodied experience is murky ground, at once the root and lofty branch of consciousness, but if we are to disassemble the narratives that are used against us, we must first dare to name them-without romanticism or preciousness.

MAMMAL lifts the veil off romanticized motherhood to challenge the notion that sacrifice is a virtue. Its lush, multivalent verse gives voice to what is left unsaid in that all important space of the home.


About the Author:

Ana María Caballero is a Colombian-American literary artist whose work explores how biology delimits societal and cultural rites, ripping the veil off romanticized motherhood and questioning notions that package sacrifice as a virtue. She’s the recipient of the Beverly International Prize, Colombia’s José Manuel Arango National Poetry Prize, the Steel Toe Books Poetry Prize, a Future Arts Writer Award, a Sevens Foundation Grant and has been a finalist for numerous other literary and arts prizes, including the prestigious Kurt Brown, Vassar Miller, Academy of American Poets Prize and MAXXI Bvlgari Prize in the Digital SectorThe author of six books in Spanish and English, Caballero has presented her poems as fine art at museums and leading international venues, such as the Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Museo de Arte Miguel Urrutia, bitforms, Office Impart, UNIT, Gazelli Art House and Times Square. She has released digital poems in partnership with TIME, Diario ABC and Playboy and is a contributing writer for Forbes, reporting on what happens when crypto and culture connect. Widely recognized as a digital poetry pioneer whose own practice is transforming the way language is exhibited, experienced and transacted, she’s also the cofounder of Web3 literary gallery theVERSEverse, short-listed for the Lumen Prize and the Digital Innovation in Art Award.Learn more about the author at anamariacaballero.com