- Randall, Margaret
Albuquerque: Coming Back to the U. S. A.
New Star, Vancouver, B.C., 1986, Wraps, , First Edition, First Printing, Very Good
350 pp. b&w photos. 'On January 18, 1984, I left Managua and came home. I had been away for twenty-three years. . . . And this book is about my home-coming, that re-entry. It is a book about coming back to the United States, and it consists of journal entries, poems, dreams, photographic images, medititations. Its fragmentary character is intentional, conveying, I hope, the texture of this experience, ongoing of course in many ways but it is also a pattern of strangeness-become-familiarity once more--as my senses undergo changes. My eyes are growing old for a second time as I settle back into a remembered, but different, space.'--from the introduction. 'Yesterday was raw with the death in El Salvador of Newsweek photographer John Hoagland. Floyce saw it on TV early in the afternoon. A CBS crewman who had been near Hoagland (Nickelsberg from Time, and a few others who were also there) said the tragedy had taken place during corssfire between the army and the guerrillas. From the testimony it seemed likely that it had been the army that hit Hoagland--in fact, it seemed purposeful--and that the guierrillas had brought the body out and laid it on the road. The CBS crewman clearly said he thought the soldiers were firing at the journalists.''--from March 18.