This volume includes all of Weaver's published poetry, and supports the position some critics accord him as forerunner of an important group of contemporary poets. The poems show his uncanny knack for hitting off the spirit of the common people, at work, at play, in love, in moments of joy and despair. A recurrent O. Henry touch brings a chuckle -- or a tear. At times he writes with great artistry, at times with deep tenderness, sometimes he is theatrically brittle, sometimes commonplace. A volume that belongs on the shelf of American poets.