Un lugar sagrado, a sacred place where two or more are gathered in the name of community, can be found almost anywhere and yet it is elusive: a charro arena behind a rock quarry, on the pilgrimage trail to Chimayo, a curandero's shrine in South Texas, or at a binational Mass along the border.
Sagrado is neither a search for identity nor a quest for a homeland but an affirmation of an ever-evolving cultural landscape. Embedded at the heart of this remarkable book, in which prose, photographs, and poems complement each other, is a photopoetic journey across the Chicano Southwest.
Spencer R. Herrera is an assistant professor of Spanish at New Mexico State University, USA. Levi Romero, New Mexico Centennial Poet Laureate and a research scholar in the Chicano Studies programme at the University of New Mexico, is the author of A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works (UNM Press, 2008). Robert Kaiser is a freelance photographer in Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA.