Alejandra Pizarnik

Alejandra Pizarnik: Selected Poems (2010)


Alejandra Pizarnik is a hugely significant literary figure, an iconoclastic poet who carved her own sparse language of paradox and despair from the collective unconscious of Western mythology and the dreamscapes of her own multiple selves. Her work probes the legacy of major writers from Kafka to Rimbaud, Lautréamont and other poets maudits, and in its own passionate complexity resonates with the great twentieth-century artistic and intellectual movements of Surrealism, feminism, and psychoanalysis. To date, however, though relatively well-known in the English-speaking world, her poetry has not been translated comprehensively into English. This substantial volume of her Selected Poems, translated by the award-winning Cecilia Rossi, rectifies, at last, this unconscionable lack.

Work published within the framework of ‘Sur’ Translation Support Program of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship of the Argentine Republic.

Translated by Cecilia Rossi


ISBN: ISBN 978-1-906742-24-9 Categories: ,

Praise and Poems

Cecilia Rossi’s exemplary renderings of Pizarnik’s verse are a revelation; perfectly-balanced, incandescent, they seem like floating fragments from a far more sensual, mystical world, just out of reach. These delicate yet powerful translations will bring this important poet to the wider audience she surely deserves.

Josephine Balmer

These spare, lyrical translations of Alejandra Pizarnik finally make available to the English-speaking world some of the finest poetry to be written in Latin America.

Peter Bush

The poems of the short-lived Russian-Argentinian poet, Alejandra Pizarnik, already have a cult following, partly because she is regarded as something of a poète maudit, but chiefly because her intense, personal, surrealexpressionist lyricism has a driving honesty and ambition that not only talks of darkness but embodies it. Imagine, if you like, moving from Celan to Lorca to Plath in a kind of triangulation, but her voice is very much her own and is rendered powerfully into English by Cecilia Rossi.
George Szirtes

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