Baby Babe by Ana Carrete

ISBN: 978-1937865108
182 pages
Release Date: November 17, 2012

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Ana’s poetry plays with words. Her poems play with themselves. That sexual double-entendre is appropriate and typical of her work. The word “come” is always euphemistic in Ana’s poetry. Sex is on the brain, and the brain is a clever, punning, playing one, with a wry sense of humor.

you made me roll down my window and you were
in your car and i was in mine and the light was red
and you asked if i wanted a haircut and i was like no thanks
and you insisted do you want me to make an appointment for you
and you said ‘maybe your students don’t respect you
because your hair is damaged’
and i rolled window and my eyes and when we drove away
we took different routes
but we both got back home at the same time
and you opened the garage and then i remembered
–from “oh dad (the things that you say sometimes)”

“The first time I heard Ana’s writing was 2 years ago. In November of 2010, I read at the ‘Ear Eater’ reading series in Chicago. Ana was another reader. She was reading via Skype. There were a lot of people at the reading. After I read, I walked out of the room and stood in a hallway, staring at the floor. After a few difficult conversations with people in the hallway, I heard the host of the reading talking to someone on the computer. It was Ana. Ana started reading. I laughed a lot and enjoyed her reading. Seemed like other people weren’t enjoying it as much as me but I was enjoying it a lot. I stood in the hallway laughing and shaking my head ‘Yes’ and people looked at me. I kept thinking, ‘I want to go into the room and watch her face reading’ but then I would think, ‘No, don’t do that, just listen.’ Not sure why I kept telling myself not to go into the room where she was reading but I stood in the hallway and listened and enjoyed it a lot. Two years later, Ana emailed me Baby Babe. I opened the PDF just to skim a few poems but then I read the whole book. When I was done reading the book, I thought, ‘I’ll be glad to have this book so I can look at it whenever I want.’”
—Sam Pink, author of Rontel

 is the author of Baby Babe (CCM, 2012). She edits and operates the online literary magazine, NEW WAVE VOMIT.