Overlooked No More: Julia de Burgos

Julia de Burgos … “a literary foremother of the Nuyorican movement [who] defied societal norms and advocated for the island’s independence.”

Repeating Islands

Untitled“Overlooked No More: Julia de Burgos, a Poet Who Helped Shape Puerto Rico’s Identity,” by Maira Garcia, is part of an attempt to tell “the stories of other remarkable people,” in view of the fact that obituaries in The New York Times have been dominated by white men since 1851. Garcia calls De Burgos “a literary foremother of the Nuyorican movement [who] defied societal norms and advocated for the island’s independence.” Here is her tribute piece:

When the poet Julia de Burgos left Puerto Rico at 25, she vowed never to return. It was a promise she would keep.

It was a bittersweet departure. For much of her short life, de Burgos championed Puerto Rican nationalism and identity through her writing. She self-published her first collection of poetry, “Poema en veinte surcos” (“Poem in Twenty Furrows”) in 1938, when she was 24.

Her work explored issues like the island’s colonial…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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