Epic Cat Fight

“Kotka”

Hyperfiction

The warm boxthing
with its hunting hum
stares for longer than
any cat can stare.

I wait it out.
It does not blink,
nor narrow that
one red eye.

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“Kotka” is a set of five poems I wrote last year, each one of which is inspired by a different YouTube video of cats. The poems are presented here alongside the original videos, which are all still available at the time of writing. “Kotka” is the word “cat” in Old Church Slavic.

The project began, on some level, as an attempt to justify the amount of time I had spent watching videos of cats on YouTube.