Man or Machine: Zac Dunn w/ Art by Mark Mothersbaugh

MarkMothersbaugh_FromThePostcardDiaries_January-24,2018_BESTof083_Man or Machine: Zac Dunn
From The Postcard Diaries – January 24, 2018 by Mark Mothersbaugh | Best of Birdy 083

Man or Machine
By Zac Dunn
Art by Mark Mothersbaugh
Published Issue 094, September 2021

I’m hard-wired into you love

Like I’m connected to the stars above 

The eye in the sky it speaks to me 

Because we have the same circuitry 

AM I A MAN 

OR AM I MACHINE? 

They’re always turning me off and on

So I can’t remember where I’m from 

But can you see that I’m just a man?

I’m upgraded with ROM and RAM

AM I A MAN 

OR AM I MACHINE? 

Oh mama let me be the one 

The one to remember when I came from 

Before they put this board in my head

And deleted all the words you said 

AM I A MAN 

OR AM I A MACHINE? 

When I touch you on the cheek 

you always act like I am such a freak 

My stigmata it runs three deep 

Because I’m building it 

While you sleep

AM I A MAN

OR AM I A MACHINE

We raise our bloody fists 

To the sky

Wondering why they left us here to die 

A million miles away

Under the sea 

I can’t fathom all the treachery 

The greatest nemesis 

They deceive 

Kathulul calling back like 

An old friend 

I close the opus 

We began 

Once again the plot unfolds 

What’s dead will resurrect 

Tenfold 

AM I A MAN 

OR AM I A MACHINE? 

The Cain who snapped the camel’s back 

Makes me Abel to attract 

Your heartbeat across this void 

We cannot recall how it felt 

But now we touch like children 

With no guilt 

Collapsed eyes and lips lock 

Feeling just like silk 

One in many many ways 

The tension will make them all obey 

The ill invocation 

When we fall 

This heart of mine 

It beats in time 

The majestic precipice

We faced was too sublime  


Zac Dunn is a psycho-social mechanic, father, musician and dreamer. Check out his music and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.


Check Zac’s September Birdy install, DEATHWISH/ FRIENDSHIP BRACELET I go Godzilla Claus, here with artwork by Mark Mothersbaugh.


Mark Mothersbaugh is a Conceptualist. As an undergraduate art student at Kent State University, Mark began creating work in the late 60’s and has created tens of thousands of works to the current day in various mediums including, rubber stamp designs, mail art, decals, prints, ink illustrations, oil paintings, ceramic sculptures, manipulated photographs, video, film compositions, sonic sculptures, rugs, screen savers and so on.

While touring with his band DEVO, it was not uncommon for Mark to lightly “correct” or add onto the bland paintings and prints that adorned the many hundreds of otherwise unmemorable hotel rooms that he occupied for one night at a time. Using a van, bus, hotel room, airplane, or any space as his workspace, he has created over 40,000 drawings which serve as the genesis of ideas that later emerge in his larger projects.

Mark views much of his work as experiments in “beatnik-stream of consciousness” poetry, which to him, is related to speaking in tongues; the surrendering of the intellect to the primordial, or science vs. faith

An observer among us, Mark writes down things that he overhears throughout the day … people at another table, a voice on the radio, pieces of verbal fabric that drift and weave and create the poetry of life, the flotsam and jetsam that swirl around us and fill our subconscious with scraps of what it is to be, according to Mark, a “thinking ape.”

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