Alejandra Pizarnik

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Pizarnik photographed by Sara Facio in a public park of Buenos Aires.

Alejandra Pizarnik (April 29, 1936 – September 25, 1972) was an Argentine poet.

Early life[edit]

Alejandra Pizarnik was born on April 29, 1936, in Avellaneda, a city in Buenos Aires Province, near Buenos Aires City, Argentina,[1] to Jewish immigrant parents who came from Rovno, Ukraine, then in Russian Empire


A year after entering the department of Philosophy and Letters at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pizarnik published her first book of poetry, La tierra más ajena (1955).[citation needed] Soon after, she studied painting with Juan Batlle Planas.[2] Pizarnik followed her debut work with two more volumes of poems, La última inocencia (1956) and Las aventuras perdidas (1958).

From 1960 to 1964 Pizarnik lived in Paris. There she worked for the journal Cuadernos, sat on the editorial board of the magazine Les Lettres Nouvelles, and participated in the Parisian literary world.

She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1968,[3] and in 1971 a Fulbright Scholarship.[2]


Pizarnik ended her life on September 25, 1972 by taking an overdose of Secobarbital sodium [4] at the age of 36.[1] She is buried in Cementerio La Tablada, Buenos Aires, Argentina.[5]


  • The Land Far Beyond (La tierra más ajena) (1955)
  • The Final Innocence (La última inocencia) (1956)
  • The Lost Adventures (Las aventuras perdidas) (1958)
  • Diana's Tree (Árbol de Diana) (1962), translated by Yvette Siegert (Ugly Duckling Pressé, October 2014)
  • Works and Nights (Los trabajos y las noches) (1965)
  • Extracting the Stone of Madness (Extracción de la piedra de locura) (1968)
  • A Musical Hell (El infierno musical) (1971), translated by Yvette Siegert (New Directions, July 2013)
  • The Blood Countess (La condesa sangrienta) (1971)

Further reading[edit]

  • "Unmothered Americas: Poetry and universality, Charles Simic, Alejandra Pizarnik, Giannina Braschi", Jaime Rodriguez Matos, dissertaion, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; Faculty Advisor: Gustavo Perez-Firmat, 2005.
  • “The Sadean Poetics of Solitude in Paz and Pizarnik.” Latin American Literary Review / Rolando Pérez, 2005
  • Review: Art & Literature of the Americas: The 40th anniversary Edition", featuring Alejandra Pizarnik, Christina Peri Rossi, Octavio Paz, Giannina Braschi," edited by Doris Sommer and Tess O'Dwyer, 2006.
  • "Arbol de Alejandra: Pizarnik Reassessed," (monograph) by Karl Posso and Fiona J. Mackintosh, 2007.
  • These are Not Sweet Girls featuring Alejandra Pizarnik, Giannina Braschi, Marjorie Agosin, and Julia Alvarez," White Pine Press, 2000. ISBN 978-1-877727-38-2
  • "La Disolucion En La Obra de Alejandra Pizarnik: Ensombrecimiento de La Existencia y Ocultamiento del Ser," by Ana Maria Rodriguez Francia, 2003.. ISBN 978-950-05-1492-7.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  • "Cornerstone," from A Musical Hell, Alejandra Pizarnik, trans. Yvette Siegert, in Guernica: A Journal of Literature and Art (online; April 15, 2013).

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