3 of 5 stars.
“You have a choice in front of you, one you should make with a clear head and an open heart. Don’t let despair make it for you.” Anya gave the tiniest of nods, and the faintest light of hope returned to her eyes.
Summerland, California was founded by spiritualists and then resettled by money. Shanties sit on one side of the oceanfront town, mansions on the other. Danae, from a downhill shanty, is a muralist trying to finish her biggest work, a depiction of the sea and its mythos. All that is left to finish is Poseidon’s eyes. Guided by the seemingly homeless Peyton Jain, Danae aims to heal a wounded town.
The ocean and the spirits of the people take real form in this divided town, scandalized by infantcide. Each person must do some soul-searching or they’ve already lost this battle.
The concept and writing of this short story is beautiful at times, simplistic in the way of most allegories at others. The story is illustrated by artist contest winner Megen Nelson. As a quarterly short story contest winner, “Poseidon’s Eyes” merited inclusion in the anthology Writers of the Future Volume 31 by L. Ron Hubbard. I received the anthology through Net Galley.
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