The poetry of Allison Grayhurst

Walkways cover 2“Her poems read like the journal entries of a mystic – perhaps that what they are. They are abstract and vivid, like a dreamy manifestation of soul. This is the best way, in prose, one can describe the music which is … the poetry of Allison Grayhurst.” – Blaise Wigglesworth, “Oh! Magazine: Ryerson’s Arts and Culture Voice”.

Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry,” Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

“Grayhurst is a great Canadian poet. All of Allison Grayhurst’s poetry is original, sometimes startling, and more often than not, powerful. Anyone who loves modern poetry that does not follow the common path will find Grayhurst complex, insightful, and as good a poet as anyone writing in the world today. Grayhurst’s poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

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“What a treasure Allison Grayhurst is. Her gift? To unfold for us life at this intensity of feeling and revelation. Who knew truth and beauty could be so intertwined and so passionate?,” Taylor Jane Green, BA, RIHR, CH, Registered Holistic Talk Therapist and author.

“Her (Allison Grayhurst’s) poetry appears visceral, not for the faint of heart, and moves forward with a dynamism, with a frenetic pulse. If you seek the truth, the physical blood and bones, then, by all means, open the world into which we were all born,” Anne Burke, poet, regional representative for Alberta on the League of Canadian Poets’ Council, and chair of the Feminist Caucus.

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Allison Grayhurst is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets. Three of her poems have been nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015, and she has more than 825 poems published in over 365 international literary magazines, journals and anthologies in Canada, United States, England, India, Ireland, China, Scotland, Wales, Austria, Romania, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Colombia and AustraliaHer book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Since then she has published eleven other books of poetry and six collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling she had a poetry book published, Common Dream, and four chapbooks published by The Plowman. Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press December 2012. In 2014 her chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series in October 2014.  More recently, her chapbook No Raft – No Ocean was published in October 2015 by Scars Publications. Also, she has a chapbook Currents pending publication in 2016 with Pink.Girl.Ink. Press. 

Some of places her work has appeared in include Parabola (Alone & Together print issue summer 2012); Elephant Journal; Literary Orphans; Blue Fifth Review; The American Aesthetic; Agave Magazine; JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, South Florida Arts Journal; Gris-Gris; New Binary Press Anthology; The Brooklyn Voice; Straylight Literary Magazine; The Milo Review; Foliate Oak Literary Magazine; The Antigonish Review; Dalhousie Review; The New Quarterly; Wascana Review; Poetry Nottingham International; The Cape Rock; Ayris; Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry; The Toronto Quarterly; Fogged Clarity, Boston Poetry Magazine; Decanto; White Wall Review.  

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Over 725 of Allison Grayhurst’s published poems are available to read on this website. Most of these poems are accompanied by Allison Grayhurst’s audio reading of the poem.

Almost all of Allison Grayhurst’s books and her two most recent chapbooks are available for a free reading on Issuu and/or a PDF file link to download from the page on the main menu: http://allisongrayhurst.com/free-pdf-download-of-books/

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Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

UK Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B001KIWQUS

Amazon.ca: http://www.amazon.ca/s?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Allison%20Grayhurst&search-alias=books-ca

The League of Canadian Poets: http://poets.ca/membee-directory/#action=Listing&value=116&searchID=3286&cid=1043&did=100

Poets&Writers: http://www.pw.org/content/allison_grayhurst

Goodreads Author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1937690.Allison_Grayhurst

E-mail: allisongrayhurst@rogers.com

Edge Unlimited Publishingwww.edgeunlimitedpublishing.blogspot.ca

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(Please scroll down to see new posts and sculpture images on the side bar. All sculptures were made by Allison Grayhurst.)

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I Dreamt

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I Dreamt

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I dreamt that you guided me

across the barren roads,

up steep stairways

and into the rooms of a kind stranger.

I dreamt I killed the Buddha,

that I fell headfirst into a blue flame fire

and felt no features of hopeless defeat.

I dreamt you were covered by

half a shroud, waking with a picture

of God in your hands.

I dreamt we were thrown together, flailing

our limbs until we entwined before the grave,

before the growing old.

I dreamt we kissed. And praise and guilt

were devoured by our sensual labour.

We found a doorway near that natural ocean.

We were crushed then cured by the heavy tide.

I dreamt you loved me as you do just now –

there was no loneliness, no voice withheld

                          and no place of shame.

 

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First published in “Junk in July Poetry Zine”, November 2015 

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http://junkinjuly.blogspot.ca/2015/11/i-dreamt-poem-by-allison-grayhurst.html

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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On The Line

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On The Line

The reins are dropped,

icicles shift from roof to ground

though the colour does not shift

sure as I was, it would.

The broken glass is still in my pocket,

the cramp has not left my thighs

as I push for renewal.

The light is still dull, ants raid the

kitchen and pepper spills too much into each

good meal.

I gave it all for a sense of movement, willing

to lose what I still have not lost.

My understanding is stuck.

What I believed has not come to pass.

I am wearing the same old clothes.

I am dealing with the same message.

The carpet is curled.

I have no place to go.

What I did has not helped.

Such a long-standing ache as this

must be overthrown or become part of

my means of restitution.

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First published in “Profiles in Poetry Literary Zine”, November 2015 

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http://profilesinpoetry.blogspot.ca/2015/11/on-line-poem-by-allison-grayhurst.html

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Friend

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Friend

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Under the frame

needing – a child surging

with need for that maternal hold. I am held

by Jesus – terrible in my river, wondrous

like a colourful bird to my scared vision.

I have found a deeper attachment, a lifeline

that can have no other country – a living gift

to rescue my drowned wishes and comfort

the salted wound. I am pinned down to this divine

nourishment, my blood like the whale’s blood,

like the sea lion’s shifting in perfect temperature

according to the touch of sea.

I found words that caught the miracle in my hand,

that broke the rock around the gold – sheltering me,

demanding of me a devotion,

that with thoughts alone

I could never hold.

 

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First published in “SilverSpine Poetry Forum”, November 2015 SilverSpine Nov four 1

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http://silverspinelit.blogspot.ca/2015/11/friend-poem-by-allison-grayhurst.html

 

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Junkie

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Junkie

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Below the bending wave,

waving like Medusa’s snakes

in mid-air, frantic with

emptiness, broken by

the ruthlessness of time.

All this is like a chant,

like a sore foot in summer.

I am not waiting,

not for death nor for the

impenetrable frustration

of a starving muse.

It is in me like a carnivorous worm,

stealing my insides, throwing me against

the wall, overboard

where nothing but the alien cold

awaits. How many times

must I cry out to claim space for my own?

The thrashing of children,

the noise in even a good afternoon, the demands

of a suckling babe. Hand me the dream, but

give me no time to bathe. It is late.

The autumn winds are drawing near.

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First published in “Tangerine Heart Poetry Zine”, November 2015 

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http://tangerineheartlit.blogspot.ca/2015/11/junkie-poem-by-allison-grayhurst.html

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You can listen to the poems my clicking below:

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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Because of You

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Because of You

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It was the music I always craved,

but dreams were not marked down,

and love was dark as drawn curtains.

But because of you I lived. Because of you

I drank the venom and cure at once.

Because your hand pressed against my

forehead, I learned the strength of my voice.

I learned to dive into the lava-pit of grief and rise

changed, resolved.

Because of your gifts in the summer months,

we made it through with only pennies in our jar

and vague promises in all closed drawers.

Because you loved us under the withered tree,

we found the nectar of our song.

Because you reached when we fell,

all the things we name as good

we now know abide in you. Faith

will warm the broken mother while cradling the weight

of her child.

 

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Copyright © 2002 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “SpinRock Reader Lit Forum” November 2015

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http://spinrockreader.blogspot.ca/2015/11/because-of-you-poem-by-allison-grayhurst.html

 

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.

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