The Stranger (Star Trek: TOS poem)

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Title: The Stranger
Creator: Kathy Resch
Date(s): 1986
Medium: slash poem
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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The Stranger is a K/S poem by Kathy Resch.

It was published in the print zine Daring Attempt #5.

Reactions and Reviews

An intriguing character study of James Kirk, who considers emerging from his self-protective cocoon to reach towards his first officer. There are six stanzas with final counterpoint lines and a final triplet that sums up his indecision. The poem tells a complete story, and has some arresting images in it.

[The] poem uses periods to great effect. Punctuation serves a dual purpose here. Consequently, his relationship with Spock, which has been all ease and comfort, is now uncomfortable, and he isn't sure if he's reading " own fantasies //on top of your cool reality?" The ease of the first stanza in social situations has disintegrated.

I wish Kathy had written more poetry, all I've seen of hers I've liked. [1]


  1. ^ from The K/S Press #14