The Distinguishing Aspect
by John Beach
John Beach's fifth collection of poetry. The 35 terzanelle poems in this collection are about secret identities and public persona. I have chosen 26 characters from classic literature, theater, the Pulps, comic books, and radio programs, each of whom uses a hidden identity (or identities) for heroic and less-than-heroic purposes. The real question is why they do so, why any of us do.