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After Ramos Otero: Queer Puerto Rican Poetry

August 2022

Four Puerto Rican poets explore desire, queer bodies, and constructions of the nation, curated and introduced by The Puerto Rico Review editor Cristina Pérez Díaz. Manuel Ramos Otero, the first Puerto Rican writer to have openly turned his gayness into a trope, contributes three poems in Pérez Díaz’s translation. A poem by Xavier Valcárcel re-sculpts the domestic and takes on the patriarchy, translated by Roque Raquel Salas Rivera. Jacqui Cornetta translates three poems by Claudia Becerra about arrivals, departures, and the shores of real and imagined islands. Salas Rivera also translates three of his own poems celebrating the persistence of poets.
Black and white image of Puerto Rico's first openly gay poet Manuel Ramos Otero
Dramatic clouds over a mountain and ocean in Puerto Rico
Photo by Rick Lipsett on Unsplash
A burning match against a blue background
Photo by Gift Habeshaw on Unsplash
A dock extending into the ocean
Photo by Nikita Castro on Unsplash
Etching of The Rape of Caenis from Ovid's 'Metamorphoses' by Antonio Tempesta
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1951
An image of a collection of eggs of various sizes.
"Animals of the Past” by Frederic A. Lucas. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.