In this poem “Sleep, Robot,” I imagined the circumstance of a robot and a human in love, and the daily pattern of falling asleep
together. I wondered how a robot and human would “sleep” together when a robot has no need for sleep. What if the human
lies awake with the robot? What does it mean for a robot to be run down enough to “sleep” or even be replaced? Many of
the poems in the first section of the book are accompanied by algorithm poems that also speak to the circumstances of the
poem through code. I hope readers can think about algorithm as language, and poetics as programming.