Poetry

October 9, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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By

Alejandro Escudé

 

 

 

Hell Unseen Through a Peep Hole

 

 

Hot after eating our better halves

 

who surrendered to bullets that came

 

like piglets sniffing at knee caps

 

—oink, oink, oink went the bullets

 

in the skies. Pairs of cowboy boots

 

and trucker hats turned to angels,

 

thick hinges like wings busted open,

 

hell unseen through a peep hole

 

like a raging forest fire, long guns

 

like thin, black crocodiles wading

 

in a purple pond. Pistons of death!

 

Hoses of pain! God’s will? The man

 

knew his guns: how well they obeyed

 

that night, feud-eons pouring forth

 

from a gold tower, the Vegas sky

 

a dog asleep, a sonic graveyard,

 

a country sheared off the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Alejandro Escudé

Alejandro Escudé

Alejandro Escudé’s first book of poems, My Earthbound Eye, was published in September 2013. He holds a master’s degree in creative writing from UC Davis and teaches English. Originally from Argentina, Alejandro lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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