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Chuck E’s In Love

Fred Schmalz

A man in Japan
made a robot
version of himself
in the news photo
the robot wears
headphones either
to receive instructions
from the real head
or to tune in one hit
wonders whether
we are no longer
stuck in time
this is a known
trundling forward
no longer alone
on every channel
let’s stay in tonight
the sink is sick
listen to it
cough up runoff
from the washer
how are we so clean
robot me
how could we be

Fred Schmalz

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