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  • ICAA Record ID
    854299
    TITLE
    [Let Us Pray] / De Romero
    DESCRIPTION
    [1] leaf : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Other – Poem
    TOPIC DESCRIPTORS
    poems; prayers
Synopsis

In this short poem, Ralph de Romero, a Puerto Rican artist born in New York, criticizes a Christian prayer by repeating “blah, blah, blah, blah . . . ” to show his lack of interest in either prayers or the Ten Commandments. Romero concludes his poem in a mocking tone, saying that if the Espíritu Santo appeared to him (translated into English as “Holy Ghost,” literally, “fantasma sagrado”), he would go into a state of shock.

Annotations

Ralph de Romero Rivera (New York, 1946–Humacao, Puerto Rico, 2000) studied in the Departamento de Bellas Artes [Department of Fine Arts] at the Universidad de Puerto Rico. After he graduated, he returned to New York to study at Pratt Institute (1967–70). During his final year at Pratt, he was granted a Fulbright Grant to study under the muralist and painter David Alfaro Siqueiros in Mexico City, where he spent the two years of the fellowship. He subsequently took courses at the Colorado Graphic Arts Center in Denver (1981), and at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière in París (1993–95).

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo.
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of Lizza Robles Vda. De Romero, San Juan, Puerto Rico.