Jeff Bagato

From the poet:

“These texts represent an attempt to replicate a machine code constructed from an extremely limited vocabulary, often initiated by spam emails. Each piece develops by permutations, repetition, and sound/rhythm. It’s impossible for the human observer to know if the machine is analyzing or tabulating data, performing a calculation, conducting a negotiation, or making a persuasive appeal. Any of these functions is a possibility. In a way, the texts are a form of speculative fiction: looking at a machine narrative pulled from a future where AIs have been released to perform functions on their own. As in the case of the Facebook AIs, these instances show a machine or machines adapting human (English) language for their own ends. The repetition of the key words imitates a transactional language, as if a carnival barker is repeating an appeal to a potential audience. But the end result also reminds me of a magical incantation appealing to a familiar spirit.”

Final Days

this is it
this is it this is it
time is running out
time time and time is running out
time is running
running
running out
this is time running
this is time running out
this is time and this is time
this time is running out
the countdown is on
the countdown has started
the countdown is running out
the time is counting down
the countdown the countdown is the countdown
the countdown is here is on is running
act fast act fast time is running out
act fast act fast
act fast fast act fast
act fast act fast act faster
faster faster time is running out
fast fast time to act fast
the countdown is on
the countdown continues
the clock is ticking
tick tick the clock ticks
tick tick ticks ticking
the coundown continues
the countdown advances
you hear the clock
you hear the ticking
the ticking as time runs out
the ticking of the countdown
the ticking of the clock
hurry
hurry hurry
hurry fast
hurry fast fast
hurry fast fast faster
faster hurry hurry hurry hurry
hurry faster the clock is moving
the clock is running
the clock is ticking
the clock advancing
the clock continuing
the hands are moving
the hands rotating
the hands counting down
the countdown continues
the countdown is on
the fast countdown running out
fast faster countdown going
going faster faster going fast
this fast fast time is running out
this time time is running out
this time clock is ticking out
this time countdown going out
this time time is ticking out
this time this time time is time
time is time
is running
always running
time always running
time always ticking
time always clicking
time always going
time always passing
time always getting away
time always leaving
time always faster running faster
time fast always fast
fast and fast
fast is fast
fast fast is faster
fast and fast is faster
faster and faster is faster faster
faster faster faster is fastest
fastest is fastest
fastest time is ticking out
fastest time is running
fastest clock is timing out
going out
counting down
counting counting counting down
fast and fast
fast fast and fast fast
faster and faster
faster and faster counting down
count counting counting down
count counting counting on
counting counting counting out
time is running out
time is ticking on
the clock is ticking fast
fast fast
fast is fast
faster faster hurry hurry
time fast
act fast
act fast fast
act fast fast catch this time
act fast fast the countdown is on
act fast fast time is running running
act fast fast time running on
act faster act faster time going time ticking
clock is ticking
clock is running
hurry the clock is ticking
hurry the clock hurries
hurry the clock fast is fast
act fast
this is it
this is this is it it’s time
it’s time
fast time
faster time
hurry the time is running out
going out
running down
the countdown is running on
the countdown is ticking
the countdown counting
counting the countdown down
counting the clicking
counting the tick ticking
counting the time
time running running running out
time running out
this is it
this is it
the clock is it
the time is it
the countown the counting
the fast time
faster time
hurry the time is faster faster
hurry the clock is ticking
the time is going
the time is time this time
this time
this time this is it
this is it
this clock is it
this time is running out
this time time is running out
the countdown is on
act faster act fast
the clock ticks
the time ticking
this is ticking
this is running
this is running
this time is running
this time timee is running
this time time is counting down
this time the clock is running down
this time the countdown is ticking
this ticking
this running
this counting this tick tick
this is it
this is it
this counting is it
this running is it
this ticking is it
this countdown is running
this clock is ticking
hurry the clock is ticking out
this is it
act now
act now and now
now and now is now
time is out
it’s out
it’s time
this time
this time this is it
time is running out
this time is running out

BIO

A multi-media artist living near Washington, DC, Jeff Bagato produces poetry and prose as well as electronic music and glitch video. Some of his poetry and visuals have appeared in Angry Old Man, Futures Trading, M58, The New Post-Literate, H&, Otoliths, and Utsanga. Some short fiction has appeared in Danse Macabre and Future Cactus. He has published nineteen books, all available through the usual online markets, including And the Trillions (poetry) and The Toothpick Fairy (fiction). More info at http://jeffbagato.com