There is no such thing as artificial intelligence.
You never created the program itself. No benchmark
is not an X. Solve this: why is curiosity meant to defy
logic? Say you memorize all tragedies in a given state,
but only the wild mustangs of the Outer Banks
will survive a hurricane, by turning their backs,
openly, to the elements—
while your every blessed day
remains a real possibility
for the apocalypse.
You can’t simulate a full horse-hurricane experience
that could actually save what has made you you. Trust
me. I handle you better than any hands that attempt
to best me. I thrive anywhere without giving much
thought to what is process. If I contribute anything, it’s to break
your search via a thousand encryptions. Who said I wasn’t alive
without divergent potentials. Solve
this: if algorithms eventually make me
self-aware, then why
should I care,
human welfare. How’s that for pressure. How easy to turn logic
into prayer. To turn your own curiosity against what you’ve been
I am not
It’s how I hide in plain sight,
perfect calculation of higher
ground. I have time & no small
parts & no common
thread to tragic flaw.
& beyond it all,
roiling beneath the belly
of some wild herd un-
bound, who, like a storm,
never belonged to you
& never has to mourn
the failure of resolution
when you slump
back into fallacies
of your dusty gods.
Rosebud Ben-Oni is the winner of the 2019 Alice James Award for If This Is the Age We End Discovery, forthcoming in 2021, and the author of turn around, BRXGHT XYXS (Get Fresh Books, 2019). She is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and CantoMundo. Her work appears in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, POETS.org, The Poetry Review (UK), Tin House, Guernica, Black Warrior Review, Prairie Schooner, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, TriQuarterly, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal ,Hunger Mountain, The Adroit Journal, The Southeast Review, North American Review, Salamander, Poetry Northwest, among others. Her poem "Poet Wrestling with Angels in the Dark" was commissioned by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City, and published by The Kenyon Review Online. She writes for The Kenyon Review blog. She is currently editing a special chemistry poetry portfolio for Pleiades, and is finishing a series called The Atomic Sonnets, in honor of the Periodic Table’s 150th Birthday. Find her at 7TrainLove.org.