BiographyWhen Santiago Vera (Lima, 1987) and his twin brother Rodrigo went off to study philosophy at Lima’s Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, the brothers were both already active in literature in their own ways. Together with a few likeminded people, they founded Ánima Lisa, a collective focused on poetry, poetry and public space, philosophy, art, and communication.
About the poetry of Libro de las opinions, one critic said: ‘I am less interested in what the poet is talking about than I am in how he is creating his language while thinking.’
Vera covers global topics like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, women’s rights, and other major issues, but also focuses on things closer to home, on sex and procreation, and then his poetry suddenly takes some absurdist turns.
One of the Peruvian authors Vera most admires is Jorge Eduardo Eielson (Lima 1924 – Milan 2006), who also worked as an artist. Vera’s poem ‘Variaciones de un texto para leer, cantar, mirar y contar’ (Variations on a text to read, sing, see, and say) is based on Eielson’s visual work.
Vera now teaches philosophy at his alma mater.
© Mariolein Sabarte BelacortuVolúmenes silenciosos. Taller la crema, Lima, 2012.
Libro de las opiniones. Paracaídas, Lima, 2014.
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