Caroline Cabrera is author of Saint X, winner of the Hudson prize and forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in January 2018. Her previous collections include The Bicycle Year, Flood Bloom, and the chapbook Dear Sensitive Beard. She is editor of Bloom Books from Jellyfish and lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
SOMEONE TOLD US YOU LIKE SOUP. EVER SWIM IN SOUP???
No but when I was young I used to dream my swimming pool was full of iced tea.
YOU MEET A WISE OLD BRIDGE IN THE MUSEUM BASEMENT. WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN THE MUSEUM BASEMENT??? ONLY EMPLOYEES ARE ALLOWED IN THE OFFICIAL MUSEUM BASEMENT. ALSO: WHAT DOES THE BRIDGE SAY???
I am a rule follower so I am in the basement by mistake, invitation or nightmare. The bridge says I am right never to trust its pilings or any other submerged thing.
THE BEST PART OF THE MOVIE BACK TO THE FUTURE TWO IS WHEN THAT GUY IN THE PARKING LOT SAYS “I THINK HE TOOK HIS WALLET.” AGREE OR DISAGREE?
MAYBE YOU ARE AMAZED BY PAUL MCCARTNEY?
Maybe I AM. I must answer this earnestly. When my mom was pregnant with me, my dad got them tickets to see Paul McCartney and then she felt too badly to go, so my uncle went in her stead. When I was fifteen, Paul McCartney came to my town on tour. My dad tried to get tickets for the three of us but could only get two, so he gave them to my mom and I, since he’d gotten to go the last time. Also, he got these tickets as a surprise and told me by handing me the ticketmaster printout receipt; I was halfway down the hall reading it before I realized what it was and then I turned around, saw my dad watching for my reaction, yelled “are you serious?!” and ran and jumped at him.
I know I’m supposed to say coolly that George is my favorite Beatle, but whatever.
BUTTER: THE ONLY THING IN THE WORLD THAT IS TRULY A MEAL IN ITSELF?
If I look at my own eating habits it appears I think bacon cheddar ranch dip is the only thing that is a meal in itself.
HAMMOCKS IN PUBLIC PARKS: WHAT’S THE DEAL?
I have done this. I am married to this type of person.
MENTION SOMETHING ABOUT CUTE PUPPIES HERE.
I take walks so I can meet all the dogs in my neighborhood and I told Gale Thompson I was the dog mayor and she said “shouldn’t a dog be the dog mayor?”
A FAVORITE TOWN THAT NOT TOO MANY PEOPLE TALK ABOUT.
Banner Elk, North Carolina.
FAMOUS SHIRTS FROM THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE.
I had a crop top that said “sun child” that I wore TOO MUCH in my teen girlhood.
THIRD BEST POP GROUP IN THE WORLD
Why do I feel like naming anyone third best is a diss?
BREAD IS STILL AWESOME?
A RECENT RAIN ADVENTURE?
Not a month ago I drove to the beach and when I arrived it was raining, so I ate my sandwich in the car and listened to The Police.
DO YOU LIKE ALLIGATORS?
Every night when I go to the bathroom in the middle of the night I turn on the light to make sure there’s not a baby alligator in the toilet. Or a snake. Or a rat.
questions by Kyle Flak
answers by Caroline Cabrera
heck. why not nab a copy o’ The Bicycle Year or some other exciting Caroline Cabrera book, now that you know her?????