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Catfish and After

Catfish and After

by Gene Hult

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I can't prove anything he says.

Some cyber-psychos deliberately deceive. Catfish is a long poem about being in love with an ideal but fraudulent man on a chat app. After is an imagist cycle of poetry about psychic, creative, and romantic reconstruction in the aftermath.

Scrolling through mug shots

and search results,

failing to track down

traces of something true.

My buspirone stops sustaining.

Voices on repeat,

phrases of paranoia,

tapping at the Persian

like tongue on infected tooth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733538015
Publisher: Brighten Press
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 117
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Gene Hult is a writer, teacher, photographer, and publisher. He worked in children's editorial in NYC for nearly 30 years. Gene has written more than 125 books published for children and young adults, mostly under his pseudonym J. E. Bright ( His books of poetry include Render, Catfish and After, and the forthcoming Ades Fidelis. Please visit, or follow Gene on Twitter and Instagram @citysqwirl.

Table of Contents

Catfish 1

After 33

Supplies 35

Brood 38

Gracious 40

Laurel 45

Western 48

Nothing 50

Iterate 52

Hike 57

Merge 59

Nineteen 61

Seizure 63

Closer 69

Omen 71

Scratch 73

Hard 76

Shelter 78

Bandy 81

Bronzed 83

Drift 86

Best 88

Motion 90

Exurb 92

Sophist 96

Privy 98

Knoll 100

Gifts 102

Coast 108

About the Author 110

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