Strange Horizons, March 11, 2019
Reviewed by Victoria Silverwolf
Less than one thousand words long, “The Wind Whispers Secrets To The Sea” by Jordan Kurella is more of a prose poem than a story, with subtle fantasy content. On the surface, it concerns a woman who lives with a firefighter for a while, leaves him, and eventually walks into the sea. On a deeper level, the narrator (who always calls herself “we”) is apparently some kind of supernatural being, possibly an incarnation of wind. The sea is also a living creature, it seems, addressed as “they.” Whether read as fantasy, or as a metaphoric portrait of the narrator’s psychological state, this brief story offers more style than clarity.
Victoria Silverwolf thinks this might be the shortest story she has ever reviewed.