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Their Backs to the Sea
Their Backs to the Sea

Their Backs to the Sea

Poems and Photographs


128 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket, Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $16.00 (US $16.00) (CA $18.00)

Publication Date: September 2009

ISBN 9780916727611

Rights: WOR

Wings Press (Sep 2009)


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Detailing the natural and human history of Rapa Nui—more commonly known as Easter Island—this extraordinary collection of poems and photographs links together the ancient inhabitants of the most isolated, inhabited spot on earth with common concerns and hopes of the present. Illustrating the unique culture and ongoing struggle to survive against dramatic odds, this volume dramatically depicts the basic desires, misgivings, and challenges that human beings have long faced, regardless of time and place.


“A major accomplishment from one of America’s most radical poet-citizens . . . Randall’s own photographs which thread the collection are powerful and stunning reclamations as well. Brava!”  —Anne Waldman, The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Naropa University

“Breathtaking . . . a kinetic, truly complex work of art.”  —Jerome Rothenberg, author, Traditions of the Sacred

“Mystery, resistance, and grace haunt these pages. It is a pleasure . . . to travel these pages because the reader can be sure that the path is not without beauty. Margaret Randall is a rare poet—a seasoned historian who has not forgotten the primacy of the imagination.”  —Akilah Oliver, author, The She Said Dialogues: Flesh Memory

“Margaret Randall writes poems of sympathy, intelligence, and witness . . . the full specificity of what the poem can do today.”  —Samuel R. Delany, author, Dark Reflections

Author Biography

Margaret Randall is a poet, a photographer, and a social activist. She is the author of more than 80 books, including Into Another Time: Grand Canyon Reflections, Sandino's Daughters: Testimonies of Nicaraguan Women in Struggle, and Stones Witness and the first recipient of PEN New Mexico's Dorothy Doyle Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing and Human Rights Activism. She lives in New Mexico.