Archive for January, 2013

Photographing poets has been a great honor for me. I have worked with Española Poetry Explosion at the Library and with Speak, Poet: Voz, Palabra y Sonido since the beginning of both events. During that time I have also been privileged to attend other reading and photograph those poets as well.

This post is a tribute to many of the poets I have had the honor of photographing since the summer of 2011, when it all began. Aside from from the Poetry Explosion and Speak, Poet other events include the Caravan for Peace in Santa Fe, the opening of the Underground Library, Sostenga at Northern New Mexico College Garlic Harvest and the Librotraficante Caravan reading in Alburquerque. The collages are photos I posted moments after the event was over. The images were taken with my cell phone and collages created in minutes after each reading. I have writen poems for some of the events.

The last two images are of a group of poets and writers from the Española area. The photos taken were during the release of Declamacion II by Una Resolana. The people in the photographs are contributers and the production team. Not all team members or poets/writers were present at the symposium.

I hope you enjoy this gift of photography and poetry.


(c) Angelo J. Sandoval

Thoughts and words
Unite through inspiration
Poems are created when
Thoughts and words unite.
Poems create inspiration.
Then cycle begans
As poems inspire
Thoughts and words.

As thoughts and words
Run through my head
They unite to create,

I ask The Creator of Poetry
To send you,
My fellow Poets,
Thoughts and words
And that you
be inspired
To create Beautiful
And heart fealt

Española Poetry Explosion at the Española Library





Speak, Poet: Voz, Palabra y Sonido





The writers gathered
To share personal truths,
Held close to their hearts
Close to their hearts.

Speaking palabras del corazon
Y del alma.

Del Valley de Española
A la ciudad del Duque.
De la Biblioteca de Spaña
Hasta el Chante de Burque.

The writers gather sharing
Voicing truths,
Lost knowledge,
Personal experiences,
Love, heart break.

The writers gathered
To plan the next revolution
Con Poesia como arma
Poesia, tiene las palabras
De la verdad del pueblo y
La gente.

Los poetas se han reunido
A compartir palabras
De liberta y justica
Pa’ nuestro pueblo querido.

The writers have gathered
To began the new
The new movement for justice
And equality.

Sostenga Garlic Harvest


Caravan For Peace Santa Fe, NM


Librotraficante Underground Library, Los Jardíns Institution



Dreamers, Librotraficantes y Rebeldes

Angelo J. Sandoval
(c) 9-22-2012

The sound of the musica
could be heard in Burque’s South Valley
as musicos entertained those who
gathered at Los Jardines
where Dreamers, Librotraficantes y Rebeldes
gathered, shared words of truth,
Drink Cultura, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
words from the pages of Jimmy Santigo Baca to Rudolfo Anaya.

Burque’s Underground Library securing
Banned books,
books of truth and

La musica filled the air,
la comida, deliciosa.
Dreamers, Librotraficantes y Rebeldes
de Nuevo Mexico
Dreamers, Librotraficantes y Rebeldes
from Las Angeles to Nueva York.

50 for 50 States came together in
solidarity with each other
with our Hermanos y Hermanas
in Arizona,
racist laws like SB 1070 y 2281
Targeting our raza
banning our history.

September 21, 2012
history was made across this nation
when Dreamers, Librotraficantes y Rebeldes
made there voices heard.

In solidarity we came together
we came as one,
la lucha sigue
The revolution has gained momentum
Justice and Equality is our goal.

Librotraficante Caravan Alburquerque, Hispanic Cultural Center




(c) Angelo J. Sandoval

Like all Dreamers
High school students
In Arizona had dreams,
Dreams of learning the truth
La verdadera historia de su gente

En un momento de racismo
Todo esto se perdio
En una elecion llena de racismo.
The racist politicios in the words embeded in legislation that contradicts the law of the land el Tratado de Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Constitution of The United States grants these Dreamers the right to learn there history, allows all to learn history from the views,
Of the oppressed,
Those who, ” lost the war”
The conquered.

In those banned books
Are the keys to events
That have and will continue to create a change so powerful
That the fascist, racist
Fear, fear that one day those they oppress will become leaders, the leaders who will lead with
Heart, compassion, equality, justice.
Librotraficantes have come together to help the Dreams reach the dreams they hold dear to there hearts.
Un sueño Que es Esperanza
A nuestra comunidad.
Gentes de todos rumbos
En la guerra para la justica.

Librotraficantes en in viaje des de
Houston a Tucson,
Llegando a Mesilla y Burque
Nuevo Mexico.
Nuevo Mexicanos
Siempre en la lucha dando
Esquina a sus compadres y comadres en la lucha por la justcia.

Nuevo Mexicanos siempre en el corazon los derechos encerados en esos documentos de libertar y justica.

The Dreamers in Az and the rest of this land will make this dream come true.

In the words of Corky,
“We shell endure, we will endure.”

Declamacion II Symposium at Northern New Mexico Collage




This is my first blog post of the year and I thought that I would honor the two most beautiful girls in the world. The two most important parts of my life, my daughters. I work hard to teach them many different things from different beliefs. One ritual that both girls love and enjoy is being smudged with sage. The girls ask every night to be smoked. They offer their prayers and I send mine along with theirs.

The following poem is dedicated to Esperanza and Isabella, my beautiful daughters.

I ask the Creator to protect them always.




Smoke from Sacred Sage

(c) Angelo J. Sandoval

Fire comes together
with a sage bundle
the flames unite with the sage
the sage, bright red,
it glows,
the glow gets brighter
as I blow on it.

The smoke begins
to rise,
the smoke rises
to the heavens
carrying prayers.

Two little girls
stand in front of me,
fighting who will be first,
first to be smoked.
Bathed with the healing smoke,
el humo sagrado y bendito.

Calm enters into the soul
of two young souls
living in a world full of
un mundo lleno
de maldad y oscuridad.
I bathe my daughters
with sacred smoke to protect
them from
bad energy,
bad intentions.

I smoke my two babies
with sacred smoke
given by the sage
provided by our Creator
The gift of sage smoke
sacred and protective,
carrier of prayers.

Feliz Año Nuevo

Posted: January 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
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As 2012 comes to an end I would like to thank all those of you who have read and shared my blog. A big THANK YOU to all those of you who have supported my photography.

Let’s make 2013 even more successful. New writing projects and photography projects are lined up for this coming year. I hope to inspire you with new photos and bring healing with my poetry to all of you.

These are two photos of my last photo project this year. It was taken in San Luis, Co. This project was cut short due to the cold, but the few photos we took were amazing.