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Alejandra Pizarnik

Alejandra Pizarnik (Buenos Aires, 1936–1972) quickly established herself as a major voice in twentieth-century Latin American poetry. Drawing on the work of the Surrealists, Pizarnik wrote seven collections of poetry and various short, experimental works of theatre and fiction, as well as a literary diary, critical essays and translations of French poetry. She died of an overdose of Seconal at the age of thirty-six. Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962-1972, which gathers all of Pizarnik’s later works in one volume in English for the first time, will be published by New Directions in June.

Alejandra Pizarnik