Song of the Simple Truth

Trade Paper – $23.95

ISBN 978-1-880684-24-5
Publication Date
November 1995
Page Count
524 pages
Trim Size
6 x 9

Song of the Simple Truth

The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos
Julia de Burgos

Song of the Simple Truth (Canción de la verdad sencilla) is the first bilingual edition of Julia de Burgos' complete poems. Numbering more than 200, these poems form a literary landmark—the first time her poems have appeared in a complete edition in either English or Spanish. Many of the verses presented here had been lost and are presented here for the first time in print. De Burgos broke new ground in her poetry by fusing a romantic temperament with keen political insights. This book will be essential reading for lovers of poetry and for feminists.
About the Author

Julia de Burgos, born in Puerto Rico in 1914, was an accomplished poet and journalist who was revolutionary in her politics, poetry, and feminism. Avidly supporting the cause of Puerto Rican independence, she was also an internationalist who was anti-Franco, anti-Trujillo, and anti-Somoza. As a feminist and Puerto Rican independentista she paid for her convictions and strength by being persecuted as a political figure. A cultural icon, Julia de Burgos was shamefully neglected as a poet during her lifetime. She died in New York City in 1953.

Jack Agüeros was an American poet, translator, and community activist. He died in 2014. 

"Nearly 60 years after her death, it’s time to identify her [Julia de Burgos] again: this time as a role model for contemporary Latina feminist writers and visual artists." —Ms. Magazine

"Julia de Burgos (1914-1953) is considered Puerto Rico's greatest female poet... Seductive in their raw emotional honesty her poems define and make concrete the spongy category of love poetry...Here, poetry is the poet incarnate: defiant, proud, a 'nude of restlessness.'" —Harvard Review

"...The translated poems stand tall as de Burgos herself." —Publishers Weekly