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