Today in 1918 Mexican poet Guadalupe “Pita” Amor was born Guadalupe Teresa Amor Schmidtlein in Mexico City, Mexico. The “11th Muse” lived during a very culturally rich time in Mexico and counted Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco as her friends and often modeled nude for them. Her literary companions included Octavio Paz and Carlos Fuentes.
Amor worked as an actress before finding poetry. She often cites her friend the great Pablo Neruda as an artistic influence as well as her aunt the author Elena Poniatowska. Her poetry is always written in first person and deals with themes of suffering and the feminine experience.
The poet was a feminist before anyone knew what the word meant. Amor took many lovers starting at 18 years old and embraced the life of a woman of experience always making sure a man in such a machismo culture would never dominate her. At 38-years-old she decided to have a child out of wedlock that was unheard of at the time in the predominantly Catholic nation.
On May 30, 2000 she died in Mexico City.
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