Feminist Voices

"Poetas peruanas", portada
Cover for a cartonera focused on contemporary Peruvian women poets. —— Portada de una cartonera que se trata de poetisas peruanas contemporáneas.

Cartoneras have provided a welcoming space for women’s voices to emerge because it provides them with opportunities to publish individually or in groups. The cover to Poetas peruanas acknowledges the work of contemporary Peruvian women writers from across the regions of the nation.

"Durazno reverdeciente"
A work of prose in which the author talks about her relationship with her husband. —— Una obra de prosa en la cual la autora habla de su relación con su marido.

In this section, examples show women navigating relationships. Pavón (2003) displays her love for her husband while calling him “the baddest man in the world.” His work as a critic often interferes with their marriage through arguments.

"Ahora soy otra"
A prose piece that shows the expectations of the feminine voice in regard to her relationships with men. —— Obra de prosa que enseña las expectativas de la voz femenina en cuanto a sus relaciones con hombres.

Vásquez (2010) writes of how guarded she feels because men have been a regular source of disappointment in her life. She acknowledges the expectations that she has, that her partner meet her halfway in the relationship, and how infrequently that happens.

"Ni te cases ni te embaraces"
Poem reflecting the struggles of womanhood in a repressive society. —— Poema que habla de las luchas de la mujer en una sociedad represiva.

Finally, Colón Torres (2010) writes a biting commentary on the oppression of women within the country, and as a microcosm, the house, in her poem that implores women to never marry or become pregnant.