New book: Julia de Burgos Obra poética II (2009)


Ediciones de la Discreta has just released a new edition of selected works by Puerto Rican poet, Julia de Burgos. This is the second volume published by La Discreta Académica, Julia de Burgos, Obra poética II (2009) [see first volume below]. Edited by Juan Varela-Portas de Orduña (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), it gathers previously unpublished poems, poems that were published in magazines and newspapers, and a section including well-known classics published earlier in other collections.

Although this is not a critical edition, this volume organizes some of the previously dispersed work of Julia de Burgos— whose turbulent life explains why not all of her work has been adequately ordered, catalogued, or documented— and contributes to the understanding of her literary evolution.  This volume includes an indispensable introductory essay by Rita Catrina Imboden (University of Zurich), specialist in Latin American literature.


Julia de Burgos (1914-1953) was one of the foremost poets to come out of Puerto Rico in the first half of the twentieth century. Her poverty-stricken background and African heritage were factors in the evolution of the revolutionary politics de Burgos espoused as part of the independence movement in Puerto Rico. She also attracted attention for her unconventional lifestyle: she divorced her first husband and lived openly with her lover at a time when such behavior was virtually unthinkable for most Puerto Rican women. “A woman of great sensibility, rebellious spirit, and exceptional intelligence, Julia de Burgos no doubt felt imprisoned by circumstances,” explained Notable American Women contributor Carmen Delgado Votaw. “Her discomfort with social ills, her love for Puerto Rico, and her preoccupation with justice and death, all come out in the torrents of her poetry with its richly emotional metaphors.” As Publishers Weekly writes, “Writing in the 1930s through the 1950s, de Burgos was ahead of her time in grasping connections between history, the body, politics, love, self-negation and feminism.”

For full review by Juan Varela-Portas de Orduña, see

For more information on Julia de Burgos, see

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