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El infierno musical (New Directions Poetry Pamphlet #6)

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Las muñecas desventradas por mis antiguas manos de muñeca, la desilusión al encontrar pura estopa (pura estepa tu memoria): el padre, que tuvo que ser Tiresias, Ilota en el río. Pero tú, ¿por qué te dejaste asesinar escuchando cuentos de álamos nevados? Yo quería que mis dedos de muñeca penetraran en las teclas. Yo no quería rozar, como una araña, el teclado. Yo quería ...more
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Published 1971 by Siglo XXI (Buenos Aires)
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O life, what have you done to this life of mine?

Discovering Alejandra Pizarnik’s poetry was like surfacing for air. It was a gust of crisp, clean air that nearly stole my breath before filling me like phone of recharge. A Musical Hell, translated into english in this bilingual edition by Yvette Siegert and published as a pamphlet by New Direction (an endlessly cool publisher), is ‘a song—a tunnel to pass through;’ Pizarnik sends the reader's soul into a state of transcendence from their physic
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Shelves: poetry-and-drama
I'm not a big fan of writing about writing, particularly about oneself writing; nor am I so big on the elemental symbols--water, fire, light, darkness and so on--being used unironically. But if you must do these things, know that Alejandra Pizarnik has done them better than you ever will:

"I cannot speak with my voice, so I speak with my voices."
"Before words can run out, something in the heart must die."

Section IV, 'The Possessed Among the Lilacs,' is truly wonderful.
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Born in Buenos Aires to Russian parents who had fled Europe and the Nazi Holocaust, Alejandra Pizarnik was destined for literary greatness as well as an early death. She died from an ostensibly self-administered overdose of barbiturates on 25 September 1972. A few words scribbled on a slate that same month, reiterating her desire to go nowhere "but to the bottom," sum up her lifelong aspiration as ...more
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