Women who dare

Pasatiempo - - IN OTHER WORDS - — Jen­nifer Levin

Poet, es­say­ist, and ac­tivist Mar­garet Ran­dall lived in Latin Amer­ica (in Mex­ico, Cuba, and Nicaragua) for more than two decades. In the six­ties, she co-edited El Corno Em­plumado (The Plumed Horn), an in­flu­en­tial bilin­gual lit­er­ary mag­a­zine that fea­tured some of the finest new work of the decade. Her many books in­clude the re­cent ti­tles More Than Things (Univer­sity of Ne­braska Press, 2013) and Hay­dée San­ta­maría, Cuban Rev­o­lu­tion­ary: She Led By Trans­gres­sion (Duke Univer­sity Press, 2015). In her most re­cent book of po­etry, She Be­comes Time (Wings Press, 2016), Ran­dall moves flu­idly be­tween the per­sonal and the po­lit­i­cal; the po­ems are an­chored by a declar­a­tive voice but of­ten veer into lyri­cism. Ran­dall, whose work is fea­tured in the SITE Santa Fe bi­en­nial ex­hi­bi­tion much wider than a line, reads from She Be­comes Time at SITE (1606 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-989-1199) on Fri­day, Sept. 9, at 5:30 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $10; $5 for stu­dents or mem­bers. On Tues­day, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m., she reads from Only the Road/ Solo El Camino: Eight Decades of Cuban Po­etry — a new an­thol­ogy she cu­rated and trans­lated for Duke Univer­sity Press, out in Oc­to­ber — at the Ar­mory for the Arts Theater (1050 Old Pe­cos Trail, 505-984-1370). Ad­mis­sion to this read­ing is free.

Nine­teen-year-old Ren­nie is the pro­tag­o­nist of Nancy King’s Open­ing Gates (Plain­view Press, 2016), set in New York in 1956, against the back­drop of McCarthy­ism. Ren­nie, who is stub­born but in­se­cure, takes a sum­mer job as a recre­ational ther­a­pist at a men­tal hospi­tal to pay for col­lege. The work is dif­fi­cult, but she re­fuses to quit, and by sea­son’s end, she is able to look at her life quite dif­fer­ently. King reads from her novel at 6 p.m. on Tues­day, Sept. 13, at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226).

Mar­garet Ran­dall

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