Carlos Oquendo de Amat

Carlos Oquendo de Amat (April 17, 1905 – March 6, 1936) was a Peruvian poet born in Moho, generally recognized by his only book of poetry 5 Meters of Poems, first published on 1927, which is an accordion book or pop-up book which extends to approximately 5 meters in length when fully opened. In the words of Urayoán Noel "5 Meters of Poems is a joy to read, and a significant contribution to our understanding of Latin American vanguard poetry beyond such canonical figures as Neruda and Vallejo. Here’s hoping for many more meters!".

Carlos Oquendo de Amat
Oquendo de Amat
Born(1905-04-17)17 April 1905
Moho, Puno, Peru
Died6 March 1936(1936-03-06) (aged 30)
Guadarrama, Spain
OccupationWriter, poet
Period20th century
Literary movementAvant-garde
Notable works5 Meters of Poems (1927)


  • 5 Metros de Poemas, Editorial Minerva, Lima: 1927 (first edition).
  • Five Meters of Poems, translated by David M. Guss with woodcuts by Antonio Frasconi, Turkey Press, Isla Vista, California, 1986.
  • 5 Metros de Poemas, Ediciones El Taller del Libro, Madrid: 2004. ISBN 84-933844-1-0
  • 5 metros de Poemas / 5 Metros de Poesie, translated by Riccardo Badini, In Forma di Parole poetry review, Italy, 2002.
  • 5 Meters of Poems, Spanish-English bilingual edition, translated by Joshua Beckman and Alejandro de Acosta, Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn, New York, 2010. ISBN 978-1-933254-59-3

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