Margaret Randall

Margaret Randall
Photo by Jim Norrena
“Then I saw what the calling was :
it was the road I traveled”
- Muriel Rukeyser

My life and work have been profoundly informed by parents who gave me love and adventure, and encouraged creativity; the dramatic desert canyons, rich colors and open skies of the southwestern United States; Socialist ideals; the second wave of feminism; and the generous mentorship of many great friends and colleagues. My children, grandchildren, and great grandchild are always with me, even when far away; and my spouse Barbara is bedrock. New York’s abstract expressionist painters in the 1950s, Mexico and her struggles of the 1960s, the Cuban revolution’s second brave decade in the 1970s, the Vietnamese people’s struggle against US attack and occupation in that same decade, and the Sandinista attempt to change Nicaragua in the early 1980s were places and events that shaped me. The exploration of ancient sites continues to be a source of nourishment, and I have long been involved with oral tradition. I deeply believe in humanistic values, combating our culture of violence and greed, and art as a tool for change. I invite you to enter my website, learn about my books, read my poetry and look at my photographic images.

Breaking the Silences: 20th Century Poetry by Cuban Women

A collection of poems by Cuban women, from—among others— Dulce Maria Loynaz and Mirta Aguirre, to Fina Garcia Marruz, Georgina Herrera, Lourdes Casals, Nancy Morejon, Minerva Salado, Mirta Yanez, Soleida Rios, Reina Maria Rodriguez, and Marilyn Bobes. Facing page texts. Introduction, selection, translation, photographic portraits and brief interviews with each poet by Margaret (...)

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    , by Margaret Randall

    The Morning After
    —To the children
    It’s the morning after and the polar bear licks blood from his foot’s white fur. Ice is jagged and cuts, its islands recede to the beat of human denial. Far to the south: a dying parrot’s heart cries.
    It’s the morning after and beneath the wall long scarring (...)


    , by Margaret Randall

    In her new book, Exporting Revolution, Margaret Randall explores the Cuban Revolution’s impact on the outside world, tracing Cuba’s international outreach in healthcare, disaster relief, education, literature, art, liberation struggles, and sports. Randall combines personal observations and (...)


    , by Margaret Randall

    Salil Biswas did the Bengali translation of Che on My Mind, originally published in English by Duke University Press in 2013.

  • MONTHLY REVIEW: Bernardine Dohrn on CHE ON MY MIND

    , by Margaret Randall

    MONTHLY REVIEW, May 2014: 66.1
    che on my mind Margaret Randall
    Duke University Press, 2013
    If you have not been thinking about Che, now you will. Our gifted poet, feminist author, and revolutionary thinker has given us a spare and ethical meditation on the lingering life and death of (...)

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