Ana Carrete is the author of Baby Babe, make-believe love-making, Sadmess, why-fi, and naíf y kawaii.
Carrete’s book of poetry and drawings, Baby babe, published in 2012 by the boundary-pushing press Civil Coping Mechanisms, is as light as it is dark. HTML Giant wrote of the collection: “What’s most touching to me is that her humor remains, the playfulness, and the strut, and the sticking out her tongue. What I love most about Ana is her great laugh before sadness and the beauty of her thinking and being.”
Her poetry published online achieves the same:
why do you always wear makeup?
maybe because my best friend and her friends
put makeup on my face once when i was fourteen years old
and then they said something like
she doesn’t look ugly anymore or
she doesn’t look that ugly
and when i looked at myself in the mirror
my eyes were the smokiest
and all the smog was in my mouth
Her poetry is dark, often sad, and hints at a shroud of self-preservation. Her author bio even mentions that her social media accounts are private. But she is no stranger to getting her work out there: with a handful of collections under her belt, she also prints her own books and zines and teaches others how to do the same.