Risking a Somersault in the Air

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ISBN 978-0-915306-92-3
Publication Date
July 1995
Page Count
215 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

Risking a Somersault in the Air

Conversations with Nicaraguan Writers

On July 19, 1979 the Nicaraguan people, under the banner of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, overthrew the 40-year-long Somoza family tyranny. Amongst those playing major roles in this popular revolution were many of the nation's leading poets and writers. Today, these men and women are focusing their creativity on the tasks of constructing a new nation and a new Nicaraguan culture. Through these interviews with 14 of Nicaragua's most important writers/revolutionaries we come to learn that Nicaragua's revolution, like its poetry, is an expression of great love, imagination and liberation.
About the Author

Margaret Randall, noted author, poet and photographer, was born in New York City in 1936. She has recently returned to the United States after living in Latin America for 23 years, most recently in Nicaragua. She now resides in Albuquerque where she teaches at the University of New Mexico, Women's Studies Department.

"This is a book that encourages and empowers those of us who are poets, those of us who writer-- and those of us who work to change society to fit the hopes and dreams of the common people." --Alice Walker

"This new collection of twelve interviews with Nicaraguan writers is a fascinating testament to basic human possibilities despite the harshly political determinations we have forced upon them. Once again it is Margaret Randall's unique power as a listener that can make a bridge to this complex place we must finally recognize as our common world." -- Robert Creeley

"The wonder of some of these interviews-- I'm thinking of Giocanda Belli and Vidaluz Meneses particularly-- the truthfulness as they tell their lives as women and literary workers in a revolutionary time... the happiness, the toll, the sacrifice that's part of the process. And most interesting to an American woman and writer-- the pride of being heard, your next poem waited for-- your trade "poet" respected and emulated by the young." --Grace Paley