Another one from Margaret!

Congratulations to Skylight author, Margaret Randall on the publication of her new book of collected essays entitled First Laugh: Essays 2000-2009.  She also recently released a delightful handmade book of bilingual poems called As if the Empty Chair/ Como si la Silla Vacia.  Here are more details:

Concerns about power, its use and abuse, have been at the center of Margaret Randall’s work for more than fifty years. And over time Randall has acquired a power all her own, as her unique ability to observe, consider, and distill experience has drawn readers into new experiences and insights. Tempered by time and reflecting a life fully lived and richly examined, her thoughts on race, gender, poetry, landscape, cellular memory, and personal loss speak with eloquence and urgency.
First Laugh invites readers to ponder the role of race and racism in the 2008 presidential election; the nature of repressed memory in understanding oneself; the place of poetry in social change; the efforts of Pueblo Indians to earn historical recompense for Spanish colonialist atrocity and subsequent abuse; and the bonds of intimacy and shared political conviction that sustain family and friendship. Over the course of her life, Margaret Randall has found herself with the abstract expressionists of the 1950s, the activists of the 1968 Mexican student movement, the Cuban revolutionaries of the 1970s, the North Vietnamese during the last years of the U.S. war, and the Sandinistas. It is our privilege to have her among us now, documenting moments at once personal and universal and showing us new ways to see.
Margaret recently reading at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC.
“[First Laugh] is a great contribution to the field of ‘new journalism’ and literary nonfiction. The essays are grounded in concrete experience as well as a lifetime of research. The style is exquisite, the prose of a skilled poet: spare, concise, and clear.”—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960–1975
“These essays come to us from the American Southwest, a terrain of rock, sand, and here and there a tree whose roots have found water. Margaret Randall is herself a weather-beaten survivor of revolutionary upsurge in Mexico, Cuba, and Nicaragua. She looks out across the American desert from a place that is close to the heart of reality.”—Staughton Lynd, coauthor of Stepping Stones: Memoir of a Life Together
Poet Bob Holman introduces Margaret with Skylight book in hand.
First Laugh, as well as Something’s Wrong with the Cornfields can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or most other retail and online outlets.  For a copy of As if an Empty Chair – go to:

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