A Musical Hell (New Directions Poetry Pamphlets) (Paperback)

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By Alejandra Pizarnik, Yvette Siegert (Translated by)
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The first book of poems by Pizarnik to be published in its entirety in the U.S., poetry at the edge of impossibility.

"An aura of legendary prestige surrounds the work of Alejandra Pizarnik," writes César Aira. Her last collection to be published before her suicide in 1972, A Musical Hell is the first book of poems by Pizarnik to be published in its entirety in the U.S. Pizarnik writes at the edge of poetic impossibility, opening with a blues singer, expanding into silence, and closing into a theater of shadows and songs of the drowned.

About the Author

Alejandra Pizarnik (1936–1972) was born in Argentina and educated in Spanish and Yiddish. In addition to poetry, Pizarnik also wrote experimental works of theater and prose. She died of a deliberate drug overdose at the age of thirty-six.

The poet Yvette Siegert has also translated The Reef by Juan Villoro and Alejandra Pizarnik’s poetry collections A Musical Hell, Diana’s Tree, and Extracting the Stone of Madness, for which she won the 2017 Best Translated Book Award.

Praise For…

Translated by Yvette Siegert, this collection recalls a collusion of whimsy and gravitas apparent in Cortázar’s work while simultaneously presenting the poet’s own unique lyric sensibility.
— Erica Wright - Guernica

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811220965
ISBN-10: 0811220966
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: July 10th, 2013
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Directions Poetry Pamphlets