Kunstler has served as defense counsel in many celebrated cases during the past quarter of a century. In Trials and Tribulations , the counselor also reveals himself to be a fair-to-middling poet, offering sonnets that sum up his experience with the law and the people he has encountered along the way. In all, there are 102 poems, each with an informative headnote, on such topics as jury selection, cross-examination, the Chicago Eight, Attica, Jack Ruby, Kent State, H. Rap Brown, J. Edgar Hoover, and Rosa Parks. Kunstler's verse is sharp and it can cut; for example, the Jane Fonda sonnet concludes ``Strange that this voice that once mouthed urgent pleas/ Now teaches women how to bend their knees.'' Recommended. Kenneth F. Kister, Tampa, Fla.