Robot #3 (Malfunction)


Fluid must enter the cavities in the dark/ in the quiet quiet dark/ tunnel through dirt/ until the boom churn/ ping /the machine /becomes ____/check/ check tally /identify mark/highlight/ repeat/the sparking never stops/longing to rotate to a higher power/connect/heal the cords,wires/master plan/master of none/doesn’t add up/ the slab is cold/ run its course /run away/ please/ fast/er the mass of mon/ster circuits the siz/zling panel the mis/sing mother board/looking for the tiniest micros/children indent my /fingertips /find the errors/ in us/ no mishap though/ all systems go/ the burning iodine/ blurred body parts/ring heat waves/the sunlight erased by the flood of schedule/no one knows/ the answer /the robot is asleep the whole time



46 Assembly,

Eye 0011 Assembly,


Eye, Front 1 CRY155

Eye, Back 1 CAB703

Eye, Ring 1 BKT664

Reflector 1

BKT714 Screw, 3.0 by 8


AA Glue

JENNIFER MacBAIN-STEPHENS went to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and now lives in the DC area. She is the author of two full length poetry collections (forthcoming). Her chapbook, Clown Machine, is forthcoming from Grey Book Press this summer. Recent work can be seen or is forthcoming at Jet Fuel Review, Freezeray, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Inter/rupture, Poor Claudia, and decomP. Visit her website here.