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Self-Portrait as CAPTCHA

You can rest assured that I am as real as they come

Poetry | Poetry Tuesday, poetry
March 29, 2022

1. Please check to verify that you are not a robot.

2. Select all of the images below with a mask.

My AsiannessSkews Keenly
American inthis country,
Sides with historiesthat
Knowbetterofsurvival

3. I am told that mathematical captchas are the easiest
to solve, the least secure of them all, the ones
most likely to be cracked via artificial intelligence.
You can rest assured that I am as real as they come
as it’s been years since I’ve solved equations,
contrary to popular belief.

4. Select all of the images below with a face.

For Ages China Existed
AsiaAmericaall together
China’s of Chineseas
ElectrifyingasitEnrages

5. In this country Grimes can christen her child X Æ A-12 –
an unknown variable, an aircraft great in battle but non-violent,
Æ as in ai as in love as in 愛.
In this country my parents humble me in English,
my other name too grand for such a gangly body.
I didn’t need to be named after a weapon of war
to be seen as an unknown variable—
Æ as in AI as in artificial intelligence
as in eye in the sky as in Big Brother is watching
as in I promise to tell the truth and nothing but the truth.

6. Select all of the images below with a sign.

SometimesI’veGrievedNames
InternalizedIlearn that
Grief’sto Givepeople
NewmemoriesoverNothing

7. I verify that I am not a robot.