Alejandro Escudé received a masters degree in creative writing from U.C. Davis, where he won the 2003 University of California Poet Laureate Contest. A chapbook entitled Where Else But Here was published by March Street Press, December 2005. A second chapbook, Unknown Physics, was also published by March Street Press in 2007. Among other journals, his poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Rattle, Phoebe, California Quarterly, Main Street Rag, as well as in an anthology entitled How to Be This Man, published by Swan Scythe Press. He works as a high school English teacher and is a father of two, a husband, and an avid golfer.
The Country of Poetry
There’s a letting go that happens if one is old enough.
Then one walks the garden, hands clasped behind like Plato
In the nothing hours, reciting a verse from Kings:
Concerning this house which thou art building, if thou
Execute my judgments, and keep all my commandments
To walk in them; then will I perform my word with thee,…
I climbed over branches above dirty, broken toys
With the boys with whom I played soccer in the rainy street
After summer storms in a barrio of Buenos Aires.
Now I stand on a sacred bluff in Malibu by Father Serra.
Below, a chateau, empty white stables, where crows disperse.
A man strolls with two giant dogs beside a cold pool.