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Title: Tableau
Creator: Dana Austin Marsh
Date(s): 1997
Medium: slash fanpoetry
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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Tableau is a Kirk/Spock poem by Dana Austin Marsh.

It was published in the print zine T'hy'la #19.

Reactions and Reviews

How wonderful to welcome Dana Austin Marsh back to the pages of zines. Here she has a lovely poem with a rich, rewarding cadence. The piece focuses on a small scene, one man entering his lover's quarters, catching him in the act of undressing. "Perhaps a tunic or other trivial bit of clothing// held in your hand."

We follow the sudden realization, a shock repeated again and again, that "this viewing, this sudden invasion,// is now my right." Very, very nice. I like the structure of the poem very much, and the contrast between the short and longer lines. And of course, I adore this peek into an intimate moment, and the emotions expressed.

Only one problem. I wasn't quite able to pinpoint the pov. Kirk or Spock? I think this is Spock talking, viewing Kirk, but I could be wrong. At first I thought it was the other way around. Who was speaking should have been established more definitely.

But I still really enjoy this poem. It brings a real K/S moment startlingly alive. [1]


  1. ^ from K/S Press12