Robot #9 (punishment)

Jenny MacBain-Stephens


The robot overloads circuits. Sometimes he (it) stands in the corner with his back to me trying to de-stimulate (exterminate) 

         the walls 

                      shrink beige 

                                  and gray iron 


                                                            the stasis hugs us in a sphere of lead silence

                                                            Nothing in or out like time travel  

                                                            A large screaming computer

                                                            I just want it to stop 



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:

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