Author: Alejandra Pizarnik
Alejandra was born in Avellaneda, in the Greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area, in Argentina. Her parents were Jewish. During her childhood she suffered a lot of self-esteem issues, acne problems and stammering. Gaining weight was also one of her marked habit all of which compromised her self-esteem.Continual comparisons with her sister and negative body image led to more complications in Alejandra’s life making her strongly addicted to taking amphetamines all of which lead to insomnia and euphoria.
In 1995 she published her first poetry book, La tierra mas ajena after gaining entry into the department of Philosophy and Letters at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. She joined courses in philosophy, journalism and literature at the University of Buenos Aires but later left and joined Juan Batlle Planas to pursue painting.
She avidly read poetry and fiction. She indulged more into literature and similar topics, starting with novels so as to learn from different view point. She developed interest for the unconscious and literature early in life as well as in psychoanalysis.
She lived in Paris between 1960 and 1964 where she worked for the Cuadernos magazine and other French editorials. Her poems and criticism were published in a number of newspapers and studied French literature and religious historoy at the Sorbonne. She has written the prologue for, The Tree of Diana (1962), her fourth poetry book as well.
Writing style: Alejandra Pizarnik seemed very keen in silence than language. She developed an unbeautiful and tense poetic style, intentionally. Since the time of her death, new readers have been attracted to her works.
1955 – The Most Foreign Country
1956 – The Final Innocence
1958 – The Lost Adventures
1962 – Diana’s Tree
1965 – Works and Nights
1968 – Extracting the Stone of Madness
1971 – A Musical Hell
1971 – The Bloody Countess
2002 – Exchanging Lives: Poems and Translations
Awards and Acknowledgements:
1968 – Guggenheim Fellowship
1971 – Fullbright Scholarship