Tuesday, Sept 18, 2018, 7pm, City Lights Booksellers, 261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
celebrating the release of
Time's Language: Selected Poems (1959-2018)
from Wings Press
Ultimately, there are two kinds of poets: those who have a long vitae and those who have an amazing life. Just glancing at Margaret Randall's list of works is enough to show us we are before a distinguished and prolific writer. Beginning with Giant of Tears in 1959, she has published over forty poetry collections. To this we can add dozens more—works of oral history, essays, photography, translations, and anthologies—for a total of approximately one hundred books, many of which have been translated into Bengali, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Slovenian, Turkish, and for over four decades, Spanish. Yet this impressive catalog of publications pales in comparison to her life.
Margaret Randall is a feminist poet, writer, photographer and social activist. Born in New York City in 1936, she has lived for extended periods in Albuquerque, New York, Seville, Mexico City, Havana, and Managua. Shorter stays in Peru and North Vietnam were also formative. In the turbulent 1960s she co-founded and co-edited EL CORNO EMPLUMADO / THE PLUMED HORN, a bilingual literary journal which for eight years published some of the most dynamic and meaningful writing of an era. From 1984 through 1994 she taught at a number of U.S. universities. She was privileged to live among New York's abstract expressionists in the 1950s and early ’60s, share the rebellion of the Beats, participate in the Mexican student movement of 1968, live in Cuba during the second decade of that country’s revolution (1969-1980), reside in Nicaragua during the first four years of the Sandinista project (1980-1984), and visit North Vietnam during the heroic last months of the U.S. American war in that country (1974).