These 24 mind-expanding poems about such familiar things and circumstances as a stray dog or piggyback-riding are blessed with some of the insight and precision that have made Valerie Worth a favorite contemporary poet. Chandra, who has appeared in anthologies but not, until now, in a book of her own, has the gift of looking at the commonplace in an unexpected way that leads the reader, too, to see it afresh: a skeleton ""Peeks in--/On Halloween,/Remembering/The round warm/World of men."" Many of her images appeal strongly to the senses: ""The discontented sea/Slides slowly back into itself/On slippery hands and knees."" Like a fine accompanist, Bowman with her soft-pencil drawings provides a warm counterpoint without diverting attention from the poems. A welcome new voice.