I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary

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Duke University Press
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author
Margaret Randall is a poet, essayist, oral historian, translator, memoirist, and photographer who has published over 150 books of poetry and prose, including Exporting Revolution: Cuba's Global Solidarity; Haydée Santamaría, Cuban Revolutionary: She Led by Transgression; and Che on My Mind, all also published by Duke University Press. Randall was awarded the Poet of Two Hemispheres Prize by Poesía en Paralelo Cero in Quito, Ecuador, and Cuba's Haydée Santamaría medal, and the University of New Mexico gave her an honorary doctorate of letters, all in 2019. She is also the 2020 recipient of the AWP George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature. In addition to giving seminars and workshops throughout the United States and Latin America, Randall has taught at the University of New Mexico, Macalester College, the University of Delaware, and Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Randall lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"Every Margaret Randall book or poem is a jewel to be savored, but this text may be the best yet. Beautifully written, it is Randall's first comprehensive memoir. With her moves through the 1950s' expressionist art world in New York through the 1960s Mexican literary scene, the Cuban Revolution looms large and beckons Randall to participate, which eventually brings the scrutiny of Uncle Sam attempting to strip her of her citizenship. Throughout, Randall's early and deep feminism is a guiding light."--Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States"
"Margaret Randall hails from a heroic era when poets aspired to change life. Nominally a memoir, I Never Left Home is really a full-blown autobiography, chronicling her life as a poet, a woman, a feminist, a mother, a lesbian, an incest survivor, and a participant in a quarter century of Latin American social and political revolution. Her experiences as coeditor of one of the 1960s most important international literary magazines are gripping, but it's her account of the Reagan administration's attempt to deport her from the land of her birth as an undesirable alien that makes I Never Left Home so necessary in the present moment. Few U.S. poets have dared to dream as big, fight as hard, or accomplish as much."--Garrett Caples, coeditor of "The Collected Poems of Philip Lamantia"
"Margaret Randall's life is the story of our twentieth century, with all of its lucid wonder, its dark passages and contradictions. Illuminating and enthralling."--Achy Obejas, author of "The Tower of the Antilles"
"Through storytelling, reflection and justifications for her life choices, hers is an exhilarating and bumpy ride through some interesting times and places and the cultures and politics she encountered, in which she attempts to capture her original impressions as well as expanding on her current views. . . . For anyone with a radical feminist perspective of society, there will be much to agree with in this memoir. For others, it is a complex reappraisal of fascinating times and places that shaped one woman's thinking."--Sue Turner "The Morning Star" (12/4/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"In these times, we need to cultivate visions of the future that break in radical, unexpected ways from the present moment. Margaret Randall's example offers many possible entry points for dialogue on what is required of younger people today to make the level of deep, transformative change to which Margaret and her contemporaries aspired. . . ."--Karín Aguilar-San Juan "The Mac Weekly" (2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Her writings are tree branches that bloom with every word. Regardless of seasons, time and circumstances Randall's words are today's leaves that oxygenate breathless discoveries with every moment. In the hands of whomever beholds Margaret Randall's lived testimony, the will of strength, courage and inspiration she brings forward is felt. In a sense, Randall's memoir transmits similar sentiments to that of Che Guevara's personal travel dairy with keen observations and a concern for the well-being of all humanity."--Jimmy Centeno "Sounds and Colours" (5/5/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"A passionate account of the perspectives of the radical generation of the 1960s as experienced by the extraordinary Margaret Randall."--Dan Georgakas "Against the Current" (9/1/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"A revolutionary woman and remarkable writer places her long journey within the context of her conflicted past and our own divided present. . . . A striking remembrance by an intellectual whose radical, fierce nature is unflappable."-- "Kirkus Reviews" (1/20/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Randall's ability to connect people and her prolific output as a writer have been her chief gifts, both in the sense of the in-grained qualities that define her character and insofar as these represent her primary contributions to the world. Randall gracefully joins these two gifts in I Never Left Home, a rich text that significantly adds to our understanding of life during some of the most important cultural moments and political events of the twentieth century."--Zane Koss "Make" (3/22/2021 12:00:00 AM)
"Margaret Randall has led an extraordinary life. Fortunately, she continues to chronicle it for us. . . . Her prose corpus alone provides me with a continuing source of thought-provoking, compassionate writing that provides a significant counterpoint to that produced by so many of her contemporaries, especially male writers."--William O. Pate II "San Antonio Review" (6/4/2021 12:00:00 AM)
"An extraordinary tale of several lifetimes packed into one."--Nancy Nyland "Resources For Gender and Women's Studies" (9/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)