April, 1964

El Corno Emplumado 10

, by Margaret Randall

El Corno #10 featured primitive poetry from around the world: from the Comanche, Arapaho, Paiute, and Ojibwa of the lower United States; the Tlingites and Eskimos of Alaska; the Ba-iles and Pigmies of Africa; and the native inhabitants of Easter Island. To illustrate these poems, we invited Cirilo Salgado (age 22) and Juan Martinez (age 12), two young artists from the state of Guerrero, Mexico, to make drawings specially for the issue. As they sat at our kitchen table, with their brushes and inks, we explained to them that poems are like songs but without the music. The issue also had a great series of drawings by the French surrealist Topor.

El Corno #10 offered as well a section of Concrete Poetry from Brazil, as well as work by Susan Sherman, Theodore Enslin, Kathleen Fraser, Fielding Dawson, Joaquin Sanchez MacGregor, David Antin, Lie Tseu, George Bowering, and Alejandro Jodorowsky, among others.

In February of 1964, El Corno Emplumado, Pajaro Cascabel of Mexico, and Eco Contemporaneo of Argentina had invited poets from around the world to meet in Mexico City. Poets sold their possessions, enrolled in "fly now, pay later" plans, and otherwise raised the money to come. They slept on our spare beds and floors, shared their work and participated in all-night discussions about what concerned us all: the social hypocrisy and consumer-oriented madness that had taken hold in all our countries. El Corno #10 published the final declaration from this impressive gathering.