The old adage ""both short and sweet some say is best"" has one of its happiest exemplifications here in a collection of about two hundred poems which meet the specification of the title. If the categories seem somewhat flexible (love, mortality, etc.), the poems represent considerable editorial taste, range from Pope and Dryden and Yeats to moderns Roethke and Dickey and Larkin, and are both light or serious in intent and performance. Their brevity makes them particularly attuned to the temper of the times and attractive for the random reader... In a word, prepossessing.