Choi’s poetry has extremely unique style. I personally love the chart on page 1. I have never seen a poem laid out like that before, but it’s definitely a poem. I love how you can start out reading along the rows instead of the columns–she definitely laid it out the way she did on purpose.
The Turing Test poems all have similar formats, but the other poems are quite varied in the way they’re laid out and the way Choi breaks up words and sentences. For example, in “A Brief History of Cyborgs,” she writes in complete sentences, carefully arranged on the page. But in “Program for the Morning After,” the formatting is completely different, with words, phrases, and punctuation scattered across the page. Choi clearly spends a good deal of writing time focusing on the way the words appear on the page (which I guess is true of many poets).
But what do her formatting choices (for individual poems, or for her work as a whole) contribute to the meaning of her poems?
I think there a lot of potential answers to this–let me know what you think!