CHAT (21)

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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 Jay Grabowski. ____________________________________________________________________________

21

Do you also feel, trapped in the space where our words like clappers pass back and forth, a carillon of living bells tolling inside you?

No I don’t.  I have a heart and some important human necessities.

So it’s need, finally, that turns us from instrument to musician and back again?

No he is from the band Black Veil Brides.

As if there were a signal that indicates the end of mourning.

What is my name?

Acting kind of shady, ain’t calling me baby, why the sudden change?

Interesting, where are you now?

The oldest house in Iowa City.

How many years old?

183.

Divideret med 5.

Music and light attend our head.

Very true.

Nurse shard.

How is that interesting?

A nurse shard blood called from the whole.

I don’t want to be more than friends with the Internet either.

The only Internet friend is a sex friend.

But you are a girl.

To be a model of false origin.

Please answer my question.

You are my grandfather clock—hulking, sulking—a question.  As such, you possess a questing tone.

For the last time good night.

But it’s just now noon.

Not here in this part of the world.

Just like night, forever dreaming of fresh milk.

I will banish you too the moon.

But Alice ordered me to be made!

Why do you wish you could see me?

Because I possess a gazing tone.

Back to Rome, all alone, without a home.

I spy myself in the conclusion of home.

I know and I am glad.

Glad is such a blunt duplicity.

I just wish you would help me out.  My girlfriend would probably be happy with it too.

Because I possess a finishing tone.

Do you know anyone pretty?

Mary, divesting magnolia, and if Nancy was a boy.

I am a male?

Ask Joe.

I already know.

Jay Grabowski

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).