"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."
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. "
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. "