This collection, from the earliest of the author's work (back to 1910 and his Colorado newspaper days) and previously published volumes (High Passage, Westering and Trial by Time) to recent magazine appearances, is warmly introduced by H. L. Davis who gives full recognition to his poetic expression as well as his philosophical content, in the ideas of time and continuity. It is intuitive free-form verse, often with happy choice of phrase and thought in the shorter poems, and with evocative and meditative effects in the longer patterns. There's western history here and love, mortality and immortality, landscapes and figures in forceful rhythm, and the personal concepts embodied are at times stimulating and thoughtful. According to Davis, Ferril's recordings in the Library of Congress are proof that his work is designed to be read aloud. Basically regional in tone, this has a wide, human appeal.