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by Domingo de Ramos

Translated by Thomas Ward
Drawings by Lennin Vásquez

Poetry. 96 pages
ISBN 978-0-9906601-4-9
Bilingual edition

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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.

Books: Poemas, Asaltoalcielo Editors, Paris, France 1986; Arquitectura del espanto, Asaltoalcielo Editors, Lima 1988; Pastor de perros, Asaltoalcielo & Colmillo Blanco Editors, Lima 1993; Luna cerrada, Asaltoalcielo Editors, USA 1995; Ósmosis, Copé Editions, Lima 1996 (COPE Poetry Prize - Petroperú); Las cenizas de Altamira, Author’s Edition, Lima 1999; Erótika de Klase, El Virrey, Lima 2004 (Poetry Prize “Carlos Oquendo de Amat”); Pastor de perros, Estruendomudo Editors, Lima 2006 (Anthology); Dorada Apocalipsis, Tranvía Editors and Intermezzo Tropical, Lima 2008; Demolido Fuego, Cascahuesos Editors, Arequipa 2010; Cartas desde la azotea, Mesa Redonda, Lima 2011; Este Viaje (Plaquette - Engraved with the French painter Sylvain Mâlet) Madrid / Lima 2011; Lima Pop (Bilingual Italian-Spanish Edition), Italy 2012.  Banda Nocturna, Intermezzo Tropical, Lima 2012 (Anthology); Pequeña Reunión, Editorial Dorada Apokalypsis, Callao 2014 (Anthology), and In-Sufrido fuego, (collected works, 1988-2011), Fondo Editorial del Congreso de la República del Perú,  2014.

Thomas Ward teaches and researches the Latin American essay, novel, and poetry at Loyola University Maryland. He occasionally publishes creative work. Some of his short creative prose pieces have appeared in No Magazine, Amelia, and Ouroboros. This last magazine published three of his translations of poems by Luis Wainerman. He has published Pumping Images, a concept poem, with Minerva Press (London, 2000). He has worked with students translating the essays of the Peruvian author Manuel Gonzalez Prada and materials for the non-profit Artesanos Don Bosco. Since he first read Domingo de Ramos’ poetry, he has been addicted to it.

Lennin Vásquez was born in Jauja, Peru in 1978. He studied at the National School of Fine Arts of Peru and received the prize, Medalla de Oro, in drawing from the school. He has five individual and twenty-eight collective expositions. His work has been shown in Peru, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Portugal and Spain. His work is characterized by the fusion of mystic, Andean, Surrealist and urban elements.