I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary

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Duke University Press
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6.2 X 1.2 X 9.1 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"
"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."--Achy Obejas, author of "Kirkus Reviews" (1/20/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"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)