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ALEJANDRA PIZARNIK ~ MELANCHOLIC POET

in Poetical Visions by
alejandrapizarnik

“Melancholia is, I believe, a musical problem: a dissonance, a change in rhythm. While on the outside everything happens with the vertiginous rhythm of a cataract, on the inside is the exhausted adagio of drops of water falling from time to tired time. For this reason the outside, seen from the melancholic inside, appears absurd and unreal, and constitutes ‘the farce we all must play’. But for an instant – because of a wild music, or a drug, or the sexual act carried to its climax – the very slow rhythm of the melancholic soul does not only rise to that of the outside world: it overtakes it with an ineffably blissful exorbitance, and the soul then thrills animated by delirious new energies”
Alejandra Pizarnik (April 29, 1936 – September 25, 1972) was an Argentine poet.

She was born on April 29, 1936 to Russian Jewish immigrant parents in Avellaneda, , a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  A year after entering the department of Philosophy and Letters at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Pizarnik published her first book of poetry, La tierra más ajena (1955). Soon after, she studied painting with Juan Battle Planas.  Pizarnik followed her debut work with two more volumes of poems, La última inocencia (1956) and Las aventuras perdidas (1958).

From 1960 to 1964 Pizarnik lived in Paris. There she worked for the journal Cuadernos, sat on the editorial board of the magazine Les Lettres Nouvelles, and participated in the Parisian literary world.

She died in Buenos Aires of a self-induced overdose of  seconal.

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SHAW ~ ON DREAMS AND REALITY

in Art & the Unconscious Mind by
Shaw

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”

George Bernard Shaw 1856-1950

GUSTAV MOREAU ~ THE WORLD

in Art Nouveau by
nouveau

No one could have less faith in the absolute and definitive importance of the work created by man, because I believe that this world is nothing but a dream. Gustav Moreau
The Sphinx, 1886

EINSTEIN ~ ON PERSONALITY

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
einstein

“A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
Albert Einstein

MODIGLIANI ~ ON THE UNCONSCIOUS

in Art & the Unconscious Mind by
modigliani

“What I am seeking is not the real and not the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.”
Amedeo Modigliani 1884-1920

KONSTANTIN PAUSTOVSKY ~ DREAMING

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
Paustovsky

“If we deprive the man of his ability to dream, one of the greatest motives that drives culture, arts, science and desire to fight for the beautiful future will fall aways.”

Konstantin Paustovsky

CAMILLE CLAUDEL ~ LETTER TO RODIN

in Muses in a Surreal World by
camille

“I sleep completely naked to make me believe you are here, but when I wake up it is not the same thing. Most of all, don’t deceive me with other women any more”
Camille Claudel , French sculptor 1864 – 1943

She was the lover and muse of Auguste Rodin.

MIRO ~ ON COLORS

in Passion Of Art by
miro

“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”
Miro

JEAN COCTEAU ~ ON BEING A POET

in Poetical Visions by
cocteau

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
~Jean Cocteau

DOROTHY PARKER ~ ON AUTHORS AND ACTORS

in The words that make sense... brilliant writings by writers... by
dorothy

“Authors and actors and artists and such – Never know nothing, and never know much”
Dorothy Parker

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