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.


Daughter of Lady Jaguar Shark
I am still here, daughter of the great city,
counter of days,
apprentice to scribes
grinder of maiz
the liquid brown of chocolate
on my tongue.
Daughter of Lady Jaguar Shark,
traveler to Copán, Chichén ,
carrier of copper, shells and light.
Transparent as air
and from a place
your eyes cannot enter
I watch as you wander
this time I still call home . . .
Once again, Bryce Milligan has produced a gem of an edition; (...)

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  • El Corno Emplumado 12

    , by Margaret Randall

    With El Corno #12, it was time for another full-length book, and it was the turn of a Spanish-language poet to be featured in this way. This time we published Aji Tojen by Peruvian Raquel Jodorowsky—who had been close to the journal since its inception. The issue’s letter section was also (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 31

    , by Margaret Randall

    Following its defense of the 1968 Mexican Student Movement, El Corno had been struggling. We lost much of our financial support. Print shops were scared away from printing the journal. We ourselves were facing political reprisals and persecution, eventually forcing Margaret underground in the (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 26

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #26 had work by Ed Dorn, Jorge Seferis, Nathanial Tarn, Ernesto Cardenal, Roque Dalton, Luisa Pasamanik, Susan Sherman, Stephen Levine, Gonzalo Arango, Lizandro Chavez Alfaro, and John Berger, among others. We were doing book reviews by this time, and books by Tom Raworth, Lionel (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 24

    , by Margaret Randall

    El Corno #24 included Ezra Pound in Jose Coronel Urtecho and Ernesto Cardenal beautiful Spanish translations, the Haitian Rene Depestre in Elinor Randall’s English translation, Clayton Eshleman, Diane Wakoski, Fernando Alegria, Phil Garrison, Julio Cortazar, Thomas Merton and many others. Visual (...)

  • El Corno Emplumado 25

    , by Margaret Randall

    Our first issue of 1968 featured Jose Coronel Urtecho and Ernesto Cardenal’s excellent translations of William Carlos Williams, poetic tributes to Ernesto "Che" Guevara by Nicolas Guillen and Margaret, a small anthology of new Chilean poetry—Cecilia Vicuna, Claudio Bertonio and Marcelo Charlin, (...)

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