"Fear of Moving Water" was a 2010 runner-up for the Brockman Campell Prize(Best North Carolina Poetry Collection) and the Oscar Arnold Young Award(Best Collection by a North Carolina Poet.)
"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, SC Hall of Fame inductee.
“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
-Dorianne Laux, author of Facts About the Moon: Poems