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Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962 - 1972

by Alejandra Pizarnik

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It is really hard to describe the emotions that Pizarnik evokes in her writing. Although it is repetitive at times (and not in the "clever" way, really), her work reflects a raw emotion that showcases the suffering, joy and madness that she lived with in her short life.
I must add that the translation is close to the actual content. Although some parts were not translated correctly, it still carried the weight of Pizarnik's words.

Alejandra is not for everyone. I definitely recommend to give her work a chance if you have read Julio Cortazar or Octavio Paz in the past. An open-mind is needed before going deeper into the thoughts of the Argentinian poet.

I obtained a free copy of the book in exchange of an honest review through Goodreads. ( )
  DoctorFate | Jul 1, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0811223965, Paperback)

The first significant English translation of poems by one of Latin America’s most significant twentieth century poets. 

Revered by the likes of Octavio Paz and Roberto Bolano, Alejandra Pizarnik is still a hidden treasure in the U.S. Extracting the Stone of Madness: Poems 1962–1972 unearths this extraordinary poet for English readers in a bilingual edition that spans the heights of Pizarnik’s oeuvre.

In her brief life, Pizarnik produced an astonishingly powerful body of work. In her own words, she was drawn “to the suffering of Baudelaire, the suicide of Nerval, the premature silence of Rimbaud, the mysterious and fleeting presence of Lautréamont,” as well as to the “unparalleled intensity” of Artaud’s “physical and moral suffering.” Obsessed with themes of solitude, childhood, madness, and death, Pizarnik explores the shifting valences of the self and the vague border between speech and silence. This compilation of poems includes the full collections of her middle to late work, as well as a selection of posthumously published verse.

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