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 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. Though originally from Argentina, he lives with his wife and two kids in Los Angeles, California.
3ER: Was there a specific element that sparked your story idea?
AE: Yes, the number. I found it to be a challenge that sparked my curiosity.
3ER: Who are your favorite writers?
AE: Richard Hugo, Dorianne Laux, William Stafford, Tomas Transtromer, Seamus Heaney.
3ER: What book/story/poem do you wish you had written? Why?
AE: Richard Hugo’s “Degrees of Gray in Phillipsburg,” because it’s all there. After a poem
like that, there’s just silence.
3ER: Why do you think writing matters?
AE: Writing poetry is all we have left, it seems to me, to prove we are indeed spiritual beings
and not just walking shopping carts.
3ER: What is the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
AE: I once dreamed that I was rock climbing with a few big coaches from the high school
where I teach. I was above them, but they were gaining on me. They finally overtook me,
but the weird part was that they literally went over me–two very heavy guys. I wrote a
poem about it.
3ER: Do you write in a certain place? Do you listen to music? What are your rituals?
AE: I write in my home office, on a desktop computer. I sometimes listen to music; lately, I’ve
been listening to Arcade Fire and Beck, but I also like classical. The poem in 3 Elements
was at least partly inspired by Holst’s “The Planets.”
3ER: What do you want to tell our readers about your piece?
AE: That I am proud of it because I think my twelve year old self never stopped wanting to be
an astronomer. And this poem has astronomy in it.
3ER: Where can we read more of your work?
AE: I won the Sacramento Poetry Center Book Prize in 2012 and my first full length
collection entitled “My Earthbound Eye,” is currently available at Amazon.com
or at the Sacramento Poetry Center website. Interested readers can also go to
Here is an excerpt from Alejandro’s poem, 6324 Kejonuma:
I could take your bony hands, I could listen
To the symphony of your little boots.
Only there, would my desires be translated
into the language of the spheres.