July, 1963

El Corno Emplumado 7

, by Margaret Randall

El Corno #7 featured work by William Carlos Williams, Raquel Jodorowsky, Edmundo Valadez, Clayton Eshleman, Kenji Matsumoto, Robert Kelly, Barbara Moraff, William Wroth, Fielding Dawson, Eugenio Montale, Leonore Kendal, Homero Aridjis, Ezequial Saad, David Ray, and many others.

In this issue we published our first anthology of new Cuban poetry, thus breaking through the U.S.-imposed cultural blockade against that nation. This marked the beginning of an intense and important communication with Cuban writers and artists. Through their letters and poems we were able to make their lives, talents and concerns accessible to readers in the U.S., especially, who were prevented by their government’s isolationist policy from making these connections.

El Corno #7 also had small anthologies of poems from Nicaragua and from the Nadaistas of Colombia, this latter a group of writers deeply influenced by the U.S. Beats.