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a novel


Pete Shanks


Wills-o’-the-wisp, what are we?
What are we not?
We are a dream of a shadow.
But when the pure light shines,
Radiance rests with us,
And a gentle life.

Pindar, Pythian Odes, 5th century B.C.E.

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together

John Lennon, "I am the Walrus" ("No you’re not!" said Little Nicola),credited to John Lennon–Paul McCartney, published by Northern Songs, owned by Michael Jackson, & recorded by The Beatles for their 1967 Tragical History Tour

Stacey, Alison & Jane
for years of inspiration

All the bad people are imaginary;
all the good thoughts are true.

Advance Praise for
(Searching for) Solid Ground

Coruscating intelligence
Yawn Upchuck

Darn good yarn
Capt. W. E. Johns, dec’d.

Probably libellous
George the First, ret.

Not enough naughty bits
Penile Wrath

Not enough drugs
Gwen Queasy

So beautifully written
Rushda Judgeman

I don’t understand
Yawn Minor