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TURING TEST_ANATOMY


after franny choi


before i was this, i was a girl. 

before the turing test 


we spoke to machinery

only to ask what made them stop


working. do you believe 

you have consciousness? say yes.


when franny said yes  

i can speak your language. yes  


my tongue is an exilic thing.

i threw away that resentment 


myself. i don’t know what 

to say except yes  


this is a test: cyborg. asymptote. what is your

country of origin?  hyphenation. i can explain


all i want: briny city, shadows

teething with neon signs. a dozen words


for grief in my palm. riding the bus

humid and restless, screaming under


the red eye of the neighborhood

church. saying girl / girl / girl / girl to a sleek


silver god. i stay ambivalent. bored

and bordered. hyphe-nation. am bivalent.


why did you stop working? your voice 

unmoving. politic of tongue & teeth.


if google translate speaks

to my mother in my voice,


does that make it real? say yes.

say yes. this is a test.


 

Editor(s): Blenda Y., Uzayer M.

Photo Credits: Unsplash

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