Issue No. 9, Summer 2014

Pulpo
Alejandro Escudé

The oceans are listening.
Two of them. They know how to do it.
In the listing bow, the weeping children of the world.
Waves bounding through space like giant Labradors.

“No,” he says. And the battery begins.
If only you could remember it all on the bus from the airport into Rome.
Like a corrupt Pope, you sit, water bottle in hand.
If only you could remember it in every one of your living cells.

I guess there are some trained to do just that.
On a parapet, the wailing Arab.
Second to no one else, you go about your business.
The mind once again hanging on for dear life off the humdrum trellis.

The violet octopus slipping between your fingers.
You cook the dream.


Alejandro Escudé is the winner of the 2012 Sacramento Poetry Center Award. The winning manuscript, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013.

He received a master’s degree in creative writing from U.C. Davis and teaches high school English in Santa Monica, California. He is also a recent Pushcart Prize nominee and, among other journals, his poems have appeared in California Quarterly, Main Street Rag, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Rattle, as well as in an anthology entitled How to Be This Man, published by Swan Scythe Press.

Originally from Argentina, he lives with his wife and two kids in Los Angeles, California. You can find more information about him and his work on alejandroescude.com.