About this book

They’ve kept their true identities secret. You couldn’t pick them out of a crowd. You might have heard of some, but you’re not sure whether you’ve ever met them. Their names have been changed here to protect the innocent.

The cover is a photo by Myrabella / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0, of a Kwakwaka'wakw transformation mask at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, presented during the exhibition La Fabrique des images (The Making of images) – Musée du quai Branly, Paris (16 February 2010 - 17 July 2011).

The characters

Alice
Alice had her own poltergeist
Bill
Seeing aliens was normal for Bill
Calvin
Calvin didn’t share what he knew
Cindy
Cindy was Ainu
Denny
Denny used to have a rock band
Dick
Dick might have been in witness protection
Emile
Emile imagined cities
Enlil
Enlil was a fishmonger for now
Evelyn
Evelyn was inhabited
Ferdinand
Ferdinand could read minds
Frank
By day, Frank was a graffiti artist
Glenda
Glenda kept others from wondering
Jasaw
In spirit, Jasaw was a Maya king
Jeffrey
Jeffrey had an active fantasy life
Julie
Julie was a famous poet
Pete
Only Pete read the poems he wrote
Ralph
Ralph knew he was adopted
Sejus
Sejus knew about miracles
Smith
Smith knew government secrets
Susan
Susan felt like an impostor
Wendy
Wendy was a survivor
William
William was a millionaire
Xavier
Xavier was an experiment

Any resemblance to any person living or dead is incidental, which is not to say that humans bear certain resemblances.

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The poet

Tom Sharp, self portrait

Tom Sharp is a Native American of Aleut heritage, a member of Seldovia Village Tribe. He is the author of numerous books, including Spectacles: A Sampler of Poems and Prose, Taurean Horn Press (ISBN 0-931552-10-9), a novel, Hans and the Clock (ISBN 979-8580172484), The book of science, SciFi (ISBN 979-8694935210), Things People Do (ISBN 979-8687425568), The book of beliefs (ISBN 979-8683553593), The I Ching (ISBN 979-8573510620), Images (ISBN 979-8577560515), Aleut Artifacts (ISBN 979-8575608998), Aleut Words (ISBN 979-8582103394), and First Nations (ISBN 979-8682924769).

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