The Ringmaster, and: The Contortionist, and: The Clown, and: The Fortune-Teller, and: The Acrobat, and: The Magician, and: The Roustabout, and: The Audience

The Ringmaster, and: The Contortionist, and: The Clown, and: The Fortune-Teller, and: The... Alex Grant "These poems are taken from `The Circus Poems,' a recently completed chapbook-length series. I'd never deliberately set out to write poems thematically before, but the idea for the series was one of those `of course' moments. Perhaps because of my lifelong fascination with the subject and the ready-made archetypal characters (as Marc Chagall said, `For me, a circus is a magic show that appears and disappears like a world. A circus is disturbing. It is profound.'), the germination period was much shorter than normal for me. After the usual initial beating around the bush, most of the poems came along very quickly. I had already been experimenting with the `blocked,' even lineation form as section introductions in a full-length manuscript, and the form provided a framework which seemed to fit well with the notion of archetype--variations on a theme. My eventual intent is to incorporate the poems into a full- poetry length collection. My favorite circus movie? No contest: Tod Browning's Freaks (1932)." Alex Grant's book Chains & Mirrors (NCWN/Harperprints) won the 2006 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize and the 2007 Oscar Arnold Young Award (Best North Carolina poetry collection). His second collection, The White Book, was http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

The Ringmaster, and: The Contortionist, and: The Clown, and: The Fortune-Teller, and: The Acrobat, and: The Magician, and: The Roustabout, and: The Audience

The Missouri Review, Volume 31 (4) – Jan 14, 2009

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Alex Grant "These poems are taken from `The Circus Poems,' a recently completed chapbook-length series. I'd never deliberately set out to write poems thematically before, but the idea for the series was one of those `of course' moments. Perhaps because of my lifelong fascination with the subject and the ready-made archetypal characters (as Marc Chagall said, `For me, a circus is a magic show that appears and disappears like a world. A circus is disturbing. It is profound.'), the germination period was much shorter than normal for me. After the usual initial beating around the bush, most of the poems came along very quickly. I had already been experimenting with the `blocked,' even lineation form as section introductions in a full-length manuscript, and the form provided a framework which seemed to fit well with the notion of archetype--variations on a theme. My eventual intent is to incorporate the poems into a full- poetry length collection. My favorite circus movie? No contest: Tod Browning's Freaks (1932)." Alex Grant's book Chains & Mirrors (NCWN/Harperprints) won the 2006 Randall Jarrell Poetry Prize and the 2007 Oscar Arnold Young Award (Best North Carolina poetry collection). His second collection, The White Book, was

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