Precious Growing Things
|Title:||Precious Growing Things|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine Matter/Antimatter #11.
"Spock expresses his feelings for Kirk, and his desire to expand them, in poetry after the fal tor pan."
Reactions and Reviews
I gather from the editorial this story is two years old. It would be interesting to see what Kathy Stanis would do now as a revised version. I was intrigued by this story which involves a lot of poetry. For me the poetry was far more interesting than the story, which drags at the beginning. (I wonder if that's just me?) However, once the last section gets in gear, it's beautiful interplay of poetry and prose. You'll have to read it to see what I mean as I don't want to spoil it for you.
And this is TRUELY NITPICKING .... Why are play terms used, such as SCENE ONE. etc.? Poetry terms would be apropos. (Sorry, this is something only someone like me would probably appreciate.)Overall, it's a good story, about nine pages long. I'd be interested in seeing Stanis do more stories incorporating poetry into the prose. 
Beginning with verse as it did, this story captured my interest from the start—it was something different. I found it promising to learn that the writer of the loving words was Spock. They could be meant for but one person, right? I admire very much the person who has the dexterity to combine poetry and prose in such a way as this. The poems themselves are enjoyable and they tell the story of how Spock has come to accept his feelings for his Captain. They work especially well when used as an integral part of the story. The action really starts in scene two when Kirk returns from a shore leave of solitary sailing and admits to himself how much he’s missed a certain Vulcan. I like the slow dawning of awareness. I enjoyed their evening reunion as much as they did, relaxing together as friends yet anticipating more. It’s very effective when Spock presents Kirk the handwritten volume into which he has poured all of his hopes and dreams. On the final page he openly admits his love, and that undid me. It had the same results on Kirk, for which I was most grateful. There was a warm and loving ending, which exactly suited the mellow mood that suffused the entire story. The last line is great!