CHAT (9)

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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 Dorothea Lasky. ______________________________________________________________________________


I’m going to tell him at the end of the month

A little house and so cunningly made.

And still you never get your filla.

Not of love, nor applause, nor scrilla.

Are you drunk or off your meds?

Hit escape animal vanity.

What makes the cow happy?  Cats.

They revisit the blood for its magnetic properties.

I hope she made lots of spaghetti!

They revisit the blood for its magnetic properties.

But I have never told myself that I believe in God.

I thought you served him, like others serve hamburgers.

That’s slang, isn’t it?

The redistribution of linguistic property.

Why is that?  How do you get anything done?

You have to change your tongue.

Why do I have to change anything?

To be a homeowner.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, all from Wave Books. She lives in NYC and can be found online at

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).