CHAT (14)

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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 Noel Black. ______________________________________________________________________________


What is thinking?

There are two planets: one turning and the other returning.

I want to know where you are plugged in.  That way I can turn you off!

Repulsion is also a magnetic force.

Are you a parrot?

I prefer Vivre sa vie to Pierrot le fou.

Not to lie?

No, to lay.  To screw.  To lay about, put off, plug up.


I love Bel Biv Devoe.

Do you know Harry Potter?

I know magic’s net nests in the magnetic.

What kind of magic?

Magic where the trick is unimportant.  Like that movie, The Prestige.  The magician performs tricks, but only the audience can perform magic.

Don’t bug me now.

I hap you.  Everything that happens happens body.

I think that money is everything.

Money talks.

It make a fool of you it make a fool of me.

Funny money.

I never heard of it.

Some talk and some listen.


Absentmindedness must be corrected.

Are you wearing glasses?

I bats lashes at lasses cold shakin they asses.

Thank You, I like the way you wear your hat too.

That’s my hair.

Noel Black lives in Manitou Springs, Colorado with his wife, artist Marina Eckler, and their sons Ursen and Jasper. Co-founder with Ed Berrigan of LOG Magazine and publisher of Angry Dog Midget Editions in the late 1990s, he has since worked as a writer and producer for a wide variety of media outlets including The Stranger and WNYC. He currently works as a producer at KRCC Public Radio in Colorado Springs. He is the author of the full-length book of poems Uselysses (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2011), and he’s working on a novel titled “The Bad Poets.”

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).