From more than 50 poets, a delightful gathering of 76 recent, mostly unfamiliar poems garnered from a wide variety of Canadian sources. Booth contributes an excellent brief introduction in which he explains his creative arrangement "". . .by whatever quality first touched me [:]. . .the pattern that set my toes tapping. . .the pictures that flooded my imagination. . .the spirit that filled my heart. . ."" Indeed, these poems strike many chords, whether of remembered fear or exultation, imagined adventure or mischief, or sheer humor. Using a variety of media and styles--agile line, lucid watercolor, and a quieter stenciled effect--Denton ably reflects the many moods and contributes substantially to the book's appeal; tenderness and gentle humor are her special strength. Several fine poems by (and/or about) Native Americans are included. First-rate in every respect. Author-title index.