A reworking of
The Man with Talent. Emil Vilar is the last truly talented poet on Earth, but he lives in a society where real poetry, the kind written by the likes of Yeats or Pound, is not valued. So he decides to go somewhere else—the colony world of Rigel Seven, settled centuries ago by sixteen families. Surely they would appreciate a true poet. But when he gets there, he finds that everyone is a poet. And a musician. And a painter. The arts are cultivated in all people, and a mere poet seems pitifully under-cultured.