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