#80 – Summer 2023


Tribute to NFT Poets| Conversation with Sasha Stiles



Tribute to NFT Poets

Conversation with
Sasha Stiles

The Summer 2023 issue of Rattle features a Tribute to NFT Poets. NFTs are non-fungible tokens, using a blockchain to make a permanent, collectible digital record of something—in this case poems. Turning poems into collectable art opens up many new opportunities for creating and sharing poetry, and the dozen poets in the issue are at the cutting edge of introducing poetry into this technology. In the conversation section, we talk to Sasha Stiles, who trained an AI language model on her own poetry, creating “Technelegy,” a transhuman alter-ego and writing partner. The interview attempts to explain the blockchain and explore the places poetry might go in the future. The open section, meanwhile, features the usual eclectic mix of poetry on any topic, from sugar to Shaq, from drag shows to Vietnam.

NFT Poets

Audio Available Gregory Betts The Towering Text U
Ana María Caballero Mammal One
Maya Clubine Welcome to Paradise
Katie Dozier Em Dash
Pierre Gervois Income I
Johnny Dean Mann Slow Gods #6
George Pestana Dust to Dust
Sarah Ridgley Midnight Confession
Joanne Rush Orchestra
Sasha Stiles We Exist Inside Each Other
Justin Tagg Offset
Dick Westheimer Sometimes a Poem

Open Poetry

Lana Hechtman Ayers When You Say You’re from New York City
Penny Campbell Sugar
Luisa Caycedo-Kimura Queridas Tías
Denise Duhamel Another Summer of Love
Angela Russo Gartner What It’s Like to Live That Long
Leslie Gerber Neglect
Gary Greene A Poem about Not about Getting a Dog
Ed Hack Our Tribe
Barbara Hamby Box Ode
Nicholas Holt Free Association
Athena Kildegaard Report from a Distance
Matt Mason The Issue of Rattle
Why Instead of Begging My Mom …
Traci McMickle 10 Things I Learned …
David Oates Farthing
E. P. Hit and Run
Mary Ellen Redmond In English Class, Discussing Signs & Symbols
David Romtvedt Watering the Trees
Kelly Sargent Haiku & Senryu
Lisa Shen Sixteen Seconds
Gray Thomas Speaking of Birds
Bruce Weigl Thinking about Her
Outside Quang Tri City, 1968
Carson Wolfe Birth Name as Alternate Ending


Sasha Stiles

Cover Art

Mark H. Fitzpatrick (web)