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Song of the Simple Truth by Julia de Burgos
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May 22, 09

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Its a collection of poems, so I've been reading them one at a time. My favorite is "To Julia de Burgos" in which the author splits herself into the intimate who writes and the social person who bears her name (don't we all have a little of that). I give you an excerpt:

You are the cold doll of social lies,
and me, the virile starburst of the human truth.

You, honey of courtesan hypocrisies; not me;
in all my poems I undress my heart.

You are like your world, selfish; not me
who gambles everything betting on what I am.
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