Why Activist Poet Margaret Randall Is a...

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Why Activist Poet Margaret Randall Is a Perfect Muse for SITE Santa Fe
The 2016 biennial, dubbed “Much Wider Than a Line,” is the second edition of a rethinking of the event.

Ben Davis, July 8, 2016

Margaret Randall, self-described “feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist,” was born in New York City in 1936. Amid a life of many peripatetic adventures, she found herself in Mexico City during the 1960s, where she co-founded the pioneering bilingual journal of poetry and art, El Corno Emplumado (“The Plumed Horn”), with the Mexican poet Sergio Mondragón. The journal, which prided itself in showcasing work by “communist guerrillas, Catholic priests, indigenous poets,” and “consecrated masters,” according to Randall, will be celebrated next week by an installation in the SITElines biennial in Santa Fe, which opens July 16. Indeed, it can be thought of as one of the muses for the show.