Crystal Ball Cameos
by Leo Madigan
Crystal Ball Cameos is a collection of 21 verses in which nonentities emerge from the past. Schopenhauer's charlady for instance, and Dracula’s aunt. The identities of Shakespeare’s Mr W. H. and the Unknown Soldier are revealed. Lincoln’s assassination is explained, and so forth. Conceived as audition pieces for actors, these verses would not be out of places alongside Belloc’s Cautionary Tales.