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Alex Grant enters the lives of his varied personae with ease, their voices drawing us into their dreams. The territory of Grant's imagination and mind seem endless, his gift for language and the prose poem matchless. These are stunning poems."
- Susan Ludvigson, South Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee
Fate, chance, beauty, chaos – these are the magic ingredients of Alex Grant's Circus Poems. In these 33 stunning, impeccably crafted poems, Grant gives us the world of the "circus"…a shadow world of archetypal characters where the line between illusion and reality dissolves, a timeless parallel world, where (as The Barker promises) "this way lies madness, or salvation." I will read this book again and again for the beauty of its language and for its profound truths."
- Patricia Fargnoli, New Hampshire Poet Laureate 2006-2009
For our pleasure and amazement, Alex Grant presents all three of his brilliant rings: a poetry compounded of entertainment, mystery, and mastery in equal measure. This "circus" is the capital of secrecy and spectacle."
- T.R. Hummer
Alex Grant's Chains & Mirrors won the 2007 Oscar Arnold Young Award (Best North Carolina poetry collection) and the 2006 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize. The White Book was released in 2008 and Fear of Moving Water, a finalist for a number of national book contests, was released in 2009. A Pushcart nominee, he has received the Kakalak Poetry Prize and The Pavel Srut Poetry Fellowship, and his poems have appeared in many national journals, including The Missouri Review, Best New Poets 2007, Arts & Letters, The Connecticut Review and Verse Daily. He lives in Chapel Hill NC, with his wife, his dangling participles and his Celtic fondness for excess.