Poetry. Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. This bilingual collection of poetry and prose by Francisco J. Bustos and Michael Cheno Wickert explores the unique relationship between people and the places they inhabit in the San Diego-Tijuana metropolitan area. As Bustos writes in his introduction: "there are those that say that here, there are only tornadoes wherefrom shadows come, step-on, usurp and shake to then leave; or, at times, to stay and rule temporarily, scarring our homes, our streets and our communal spaces. But there are also those who are aware of the shadows that envelop us; and so we confirm, between fragments and imbalances, that here, we can also witness the birth and flowering of a multifaceted culture which navigates and struggles to liberate itself...here, mixture is the root, and the root that we bear within simultaneously leaves its mark with every step we take."