This October we present to you the serial webchap CHAT: 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. Todays visuals are by Jeffrey Joe Nelson. ______________________________________________________________________________
Is lack of pain its own impoverishment?
Yes and it’s your fault.
I can’t be held responsible for all I’ve seen.
Laughter doesn’t feel human any longer.
That only matters to me now.
Jeffrey Joe Nelson grew up in the Garden State. Extended sojourns throughout North Carolina, Wales, Florida, California, Italy, Holland, Cuba and Prague eventually brought him to Brooklyn when he has lived for the past 13 years. Jeffrey Joe’s work has appeared in Oyster Boy, New York Nights, Dial Tone, Lungfull!, Ashville Mountain Review,and Greetings, a magazine of the sound arts he founded in 1998. Recent chapbooks include a car/A Pome (Lew Gallery Editions), and Caption my Caption (Gneiss Books). He teaches English and coaches Basketball at the Coalition High School for Social Change in Harlem.
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).