May 30, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION


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Alejandro Escudé




The Isle of Ailes



Is a large bulky island


full of waiters and big plates


holding piles of guilt-sandwiches


gilded yachts sailing into shore


railings straddled by blondes


waving tiny American flags


and there’s a crowd of reporters


wearing dimpled-smile masks


over other masks belting out


the Star Spangled Banner


atop a stage the shape of a cross


the volcano at the center spews


news-bending molten viewpoints


statues of Nixon Reagan


and Bush rose-lined paths


sculpted hedges and a helicopter


the painted FOX on its side


this is an island of colossal pride


held up over the choppy sea by


a peasant-mass of bone sinew


and flesh columns of starving


children and mad soldiers at the base


a thin layer of flattened women


humming God Bless America


all kept alive by tubes tapping


rank hype and nonsense







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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