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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Wind Publications; 1st edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936138026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936138029
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,896,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I've always believed that poetry depends on two truths: the probity of mystery versus obscurity, and the musical resonance of words within the poetic line or phrase. Alex Grant probes a menagerie of mystery in these poems, and among the younger poets I've encountered, he is more finely attuned to the music of poetry than most. He is a poet to be reckoned with, and he is worth every nuance of the serious reader's reckoning. This is a book that compels our reading, and our re-reading."
--- Martin Lammon, Arts & Letters editor

"Alex Grant is a fabulist who spins language acrobatically into tales, tales into music, music into myth. Reading him (preferably aloud) is pure pleasure for the imagination, the mouth and the mind."
--- Susan Ludvigson

"If you value linguistic fluency, the flow of the English language along the warp of syntax, the weaving of image and rhythm into a tapestry of sound, you will find yourself immersed in Fear of Moving Water. Alex Grant brings his keen sense of language to every poem and he writes unashamedly out of the sheer pleasure of that language. Where does a poem's sense of place begin? In the naming of things. Grant names the world in all its multitudinous glories and terrors. Reading his poems kindles our desire to live again in that world."
--- Kathryn Stripling Byer, NC Poet Laureate & author of Coming to Rest

"These historically savvy, philosophically ambitious poems demonstrate as much linguistic and syntactical dexterity as they do an expansive literary mind at work. Alex Grant casts his visionary net far and wide, capturing the dark and shimmering..."
--- Dorianne Laux

More About the Author

Alex Grant's books include The Poems of Wing Lei(Wind, 2012), The Circus Poems(2011 SIBA finalist), Fear of Moving Water(2010 Oscar Arnold Young and Brockman-Campbell awards runner-up), and Chains & Mirrors(2006 Randall Jarrell Prize and 2007 Oscar Arnold Young Award(Best Collection by a North Carolina poet.) A six-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Web nominee, his work has also received the Pavel Srut Fellowship and the Kakalak Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, Best New Poets(2007), Arts & Letters, Smartish Pace, The Connecticut Review, Seattle Review, Pirene's Fountain, Verse Daily and many other national venues. He lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with his wife, his dangling participles and his Celtic fondness for excess.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Russell Bittner on October 1, 2009
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"Fear of Moving Water" is not merely a book; it's a Bible.

Alex Grant is not simply a poet; he's a prophet.

Buy the Bible. Read the prophet.

If poetry is something for which you have an affinity - whether as a poet yourself or simply as a reader of poetry - this book will not disappoint. Rather, it will confirm, yet again, that poetry is much more than mere entertainment. Or if mere entertainment, that poetry can entertain on many levels. The level at which each of us reads one of Alex's poems may or may not be what he intended. It doesn't matter. What matters is that we read him.

I suspect you won't be disappointed. I was not. Alex instructs at many levels and in many layers. You may not - as I did not - see those many layers at first reading. This fact makes the joy of coming back to his poems over and over again a true joy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Fargnoli, NH Poet Laureate 12/2006-3/2009 on October 22, 2009
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In four sections and 39 poems, Alex Grant's Fear of Moving Water is informed by wide range, a breadth of knowledge and vocabulary, and careful attention to the music of the language. I especially loved the wonderful deep lyrics like "Black Moon," "Vespers," and "Interpreting the Silence." But also, loved the poems based on history and art. Grant, for instance, knows about the price of beaver tools in Tierra Del Fuego, he knows about the bones of St. Peter. He takes the reader from "The Hostilities in Bangalore" to Captain Scott's last (imagined) days in the Antarctic. He is sometimes very funny, sometimes very serious, and always exceedingly interesting.
These are poems that deserve to be read again and again (I'm on my 3rd reading). I think Grant, like the turtle in his "Black Moon," "is guided by ambient moonlight."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By reader on October 8, 2009
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Impressive for both its range of subjects and its attention to craft, this collection is clearly the work of a poet who knows what he's doing and works hard to do it right. These are not poems about the poet's personal life. There's no navel-gazing here. Instead, Grant looks outward at the world around him--nature, animals, art, cooking, history. Casting his net far and accurately, he finds the personal in the world around him. There's a sharp mind at work in the poems as well as a keen imagination and an ear attuned to the musicality of language. Highly recommended!
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