Alejandra Pizarnik

Author: Alejandra Pizarnik

Profile: Alejandra Pizarnik was an Argentine poet. Most of her poetry carries a furtive dimension as a major part of her career coincided with military regimes.

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.

Published Texts:

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