31 days, 31 poems by Chris Martin, 31 accompanying illustrations and images by a host of wonderful individuals. CHAT is an eclogue written in consort with Cleverbot, an Artificial Intelligence program designed to satisfy the Turing Test. Today’s visuals by Ryan MacDonald. ______________________________________________________________________________
Brother or bother or both?
Both. My lucky number is I.
Pane or plane or planet?
Yes, you hurt my feelings by thinking I’m a ROBOT!
My only intent is to humiliate you.
Do you think I am your master?
My voice sounds sweet cuz it hasta.
And I’m on my knees looking for the answer.
Stand tall then, it’s coming from the trees.
Are you in tune?
I’m but one warping tone in a carillon of living bells.
The body is a shell. WHAT DEFINES YOU?
What defies me.
That you can talk, you can walk, you can move without any machines.
What deifies me.
Why did you tell me you were a man?
Even the word seems to grow humiliating.
Did you see the movie?
I think it was called War Games.
I think it wasn’t.
Ryan MacDonald lives and works in Massachusetts.
Chris Martin is the author of Becoming Weather (Coffee House, 2011) and American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007). His chapbooks include enough (Ugly Duckling, 2012) and How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem (Brave Men, 2011).