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|Overlooked No More: Julia de Burgos, a Poet Who Helped Shape Puerto Rico’s Identity|
There, de Burgos continued to write, becoming a contributor and editor of the Spanish-language socialist periodical Pueblos Hispanos. Her poetry and writing were not only a means of expression, but also a means of supporting herself and her family.
Julia Constanza Burgos García was born on Feb. 17, 1914, to Francisco Burgos Hans, a farmer, and Paula García de Burgos, in Carolina, P.R. She was the oldest of 13 children. Death and hardship were constants in her life: She saw six of her younger siblings die. She was close to her family, and some of her siblings eventually joined her in New York.
When she divorced her first husband, Rubén Rodriguez Beauchamp, instead of reverting to her exact maiden name, she chose to add “de” before Burgos, which in Spanish indicates marital status or possession.
“She thus became Julia de Burgos, symbolically taking possession of herself,” Pérez Rosario wrote.
In 1943, de Burgos married a second time, to a Puerto Rican musician named Armando Marín. That marriage, too, ended in divorce.
The final years of her life were hard. She was depressed and an alcoholic, according to her niece, María Consuelo Sáez Burgos.
She spent extended periods in and out of the hospital and developed cirrhosis of the liver and a respiratory disease as a result of her alcoholism.
Even so, she continued to participate in cultural, literary and political events, according to Sáez Burgos. “She never stopped being herself to the end,” she said.
Mystery surrounds the final hours of her life. Police officers found de Burgos on the street, unconscious and without identification, in the early hours of July 5, 1953. She was admitted to Harlem Hospital, where she later died. The official cause of death was pneumonia, made worse by the cirrhosis.
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