It sounds both awesome and familiar.. I was the same age in the same year and read every bit of Trek that was out there, (very little). I still remember some verses from a poem in one of those early books, about Spock.
OH HEY I just looked up my poem (which I used to recite to myself when bored to death in school) and it was in The New Voyages so I must have read Mind-Sifter. I want this book now.
Here's a link to the poem, my memory was accurate:
I'm getting all misty eyed reading it.