Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Thomas Ward. Drawings by Lennin Vasquez. The themes of Domingo de Ramos' poetry run the gamut: the complexity of love, the beauty and joy of eroticism, urban violence, alienation, and unsightly depictions of Lima, Peru. The reader journeys along burning sidewalks and through oil-drenched plazas, "red ants carrying bones" belonging to the thousands of people who did not survive Peru's Internal Conflict. De Ramos' poetry blends music, pop art, hybrid chicha, and the Quechua-language Huayno.
Domingo de Ramos was born in Ica, Peru in 1960, and studied Sociology in the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. De Ramos is now considered one of the premier poets of Peru. His poems have been translated into English, German, Italian, Finnish, and Danish.Domingo de Ramos was a founding poet of the Kloaka Movement (1982-1984). Some of his poetic work captures the social context during the Peruvian Internal Conflict, which began in 1980 and claimed over 70,000 lives. Most of those lives lost during the Conflict belonged to indigenous peoples targeted by both sides of the civil war: the Sendero Luminoso guerilla force and the military. De Ramos was an up-close witness to the generalized violence of terrorist strikes, blackouts, assassinations, police actions, and curfews that defined life in Lima, Peru, in the 1980s.Author City: ICA PER