This is a historical compilation of poems that from opening to closing exemplifies this significant black American poet's interest in his own early 20th-century times. Cotter mostly articulated by using a directness of details and unforced rhyme. Witness these lines from ``Sonnet to Negro Soldiers'': ``They shall go down unto Life's Borderland,/ Walk unafraid within that Living Hell,/ Nor heed the driving rain of shot and shell/ That 'round them falls; but with uplifted hand . . . /. The reader sees the sensibility of the poet sharpen with each poem. Highly recommended.-- Lenard D. Moore, Writer-in-Residence, Wake Cty . Arts Council, N.C.