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Fear of Moving Water Paperback – October 1, 2009
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From the Inside Flap
"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
Top customer reviews
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.
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."