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.

El Corno Emplumado 27

El Corno #27 includes work by Ann Quin, Robert Sward, Robert David Cohen, Dubjinski Barefoot, Margaret Randall, Thomas Merton, Susan Sherman, William Agudelo, and Eduardo Escobar, among others. Three Mexican poets are Isabel Fraire, Homero Aridjis, and Jaime Labastida. There are also two guerilla poets, Guatemalan Otto-Rene Castillo and Peruvian Javier Heraud, as well as a small section of Quechua poetry.
Photographs are by the Cuban photographer Mayito. Drawings are by Raul Martinez, (...)

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  • By Laura Ruiz Montes

    , by Margaret Randall

    In some other city it’s always surprising to find what we expect of this country’s nights. Surprising to find that the scent my grandmother celebrated for years still exists.
    1800 isn’t only an eau de cologne. Neither is it just a number, but something refused at every border yet still (...)


    , 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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