These 24 mind-expanding poems about such familiar things and circumstances as a stray dog or piggyback-riding are blessed...

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BALLOONS And Other Poems

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.

Pub Date: Nov. 30, 1990

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1990