This introductory chapter provides an overview of Julia de Burgos's poetry. With her imagery of waterways, routes, and pathways, Burgos creates a dynamic subject that could not be fixed or contained, placing her among the historical vanguardias. She attempts to create escape routes as a liberatory strategy, but in the end she confronts similar patriarchal structures abroad, suggesting that migration is not a liberatory strategy. She also satisfied her quest for freedom through the imagination. While themes of Puerto Rican independence and U.S. imperialism cut across her work, other important motifs include the rights of women and their struggle to assert themselves in a patriarchal society.
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