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Strange Horizons, 1 May 2006

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"The Water-Poet and the Four Seasons" by David J. Schwartz

"The Water-Poet and the Four Seasons" by David J. Schwartz is the story of the water-poet and his business arrangements with each of the four seasons over the course of the year. The passing seasons correspond to eras of the water-poet's life.  Not a new comparison, but still effective. 

Like Nia Stephens' piece a few weeks ago, this story reads like narrative poetry. Schwartz's use of poetic tropes creates the perfect world, ethereal enough to encompass the personifications of the seasons, yet still have a place for the more mundane aspects of the water-poet's life. I especially liked the dual natures of the items exchanged between the seasons and the water-poet. All in all, a beautifully written story.