‘?I told you/ I really like your smile./ Andto my surprise/ you gave it to me.’ This astonishing debut by BethCalverley takes the umbrella theme of the smile and shares it out – with greatgenerosity and care – among a multiplicity of subjects, moods and meanings.Smiles can be brave, shy, sad, or a lighthouse beam of joy. They can be a messof countless other things. This subject seems so appropriate to apoet whose presence, way of reaching out to every member of her audience, andmost of all her smile, seem to create smiles all around her. Her leaps ofimagination take the breath away. Her use of recurring imagery draws a safety-netof light around her listeners and readers. The smiles that inspired these poemsare drawn from real life, with some of the smiles contributed by people whomBeth has met on her adventures with The Poetry Machine. These poems are worthy of your greatattention. We dare you not to smile as you read.