All photos and text © 1997 Mary Kent, All Rights Reserved.

"As a child, I was too young to realize how Puerto Rican I was. But when I came to New York alone, I became more Puerto Rican. I knew about the roots of Puerto Rico, the ground. I was there. I know the rivers, the fish that abound in those rivers. They have beautiful woods in the United States. But in Puerto Rico, even in the city, you can hear the birds sing."