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Odi Gonzales

Odi Gonzales was born in 1962 in Cusco, Peru, where he grew up speaking both Quechua and Spanish. He has published five books of poetry in Spanish: Child’s Play (1988), Sacred Valley (1993), Souls in Pain (1998), Tunupa: The Book of the Sirens (2002), and The Cusco School (2005). His numerous awards include the César Vallejo Poetry Prize and the Premio Nacional in Poetry. He lives in Cajamarca, Peru, where he is completing a doctoral dissertation on the Quechua Oral Tradition.


Urban Virgins

The Virgins parade through the city. On Cusco sidewalks, in parks and plazas, their faces brush against businessmen, beggars, girls in plaid skirts with schoolbags slung over their shoulders. Someone may look up and see Our Lady of Cochar [...]