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.

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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. She has more than 550 poems published in over 275 international literary magazines, journals and anthologies in Canada, the U.S., United Kingdom, India, Ireland, China, Austria, Colombia, New Zealand, and Australia. Her 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. More recently, her e-chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series, October 2014.

Some of places her work has appeared in include Parabola (Alone & Together print issue summer 2012); Literary Orphans; Blue Fifth Review; The American Aesthetic; Agave 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 475 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 most recent chapbook are available for a free PDF file download from the page on the main menu: http://allisongrayhurst.com/free-pdf-download-of-books/

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E-mail: allisongrayhurst@rogers.com

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Tomorrow

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Tomorrow

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I open myself to the obsidian stone.

It is too much to lose myself in its

shiny warm darkness, so I press it

to my heart, I press my private light

into its own greenish dark sheen.

Love is coming. Like a tree in the winter wind

of twilight, it speaks to me. It charms my wound,

sings to me of abundance. Love is

on my doorstep, like a fully-fed child, giggling

at the playing squirrels.

Thank you morning for finally arriving.

It has been so cold. And these frostbite talismans

will be mine forever. But grace is no longer

a ghost, but something pure and solid, something I can

swallow. Grace has made its way inside and

the bells of welcoming relief

are ringing, ringing.

 

 

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First published in “Ginosko Literary Journal, Issue 16″ May 2015

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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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the sub-angels

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the sub-angels

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In hand

under foot

they sing for us

but they do not know our names.

They cry for us

but will not hold us close

to let their light in,

to let the heart-of-the-lizard

out.

They are with us

like candles on the tips of a bare tree

but they are not here

for us

only here

like a butterfly is

awing us with its glory

then passing and leaving all

as it once was.

 

 

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First published in “Ginosko Literary Journal, Issue 16″ May 2015

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http://ginoskoliteraryjournal.com/images/ginosko16.pdf

http://ginoskoliteraryjournal.com/downloads.htm

 

 

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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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Under mosaic whisperings

           Under mosaic whisperings

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and cesspool attempts at betterment, spiritual

or otherwise, neuroses rise raw to the lips

to sip on again like the new day’s dew.

Hoisting up fences or spring saplings, laying

out books to see their titles and choose

between that or combustion. Enchantments shed

to make way for awareness that glimpses nirvana –

particles of burnt-out folly, at times, pervading.

Bytes are streaming beaming supernova synchronistic

melting downs, past thresholds that cannot be returned from

or spoken about. Density surrounds

like the deep moist grey cold innards of a cloud.

Fish on a stick, in a stream, going around –

whirlpool blackholes to vanish in and touch upon an echo.

Giving in to the storm, giving over to the voice repeating,

compressing joy and urgency into a single crescendo.

Three days left to saw down the dead tree

and sweep the bird droppings from the driveway.

  In three days the winds will pick up, and

looking out schoolbus windows, children

will be arriving at the campground,

close to letting loose, like lavender flowers

anticipating their first sunrise bloom.

 

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First published in “Ginosko Literary Journal Issue 16″ May 2015

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“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. 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.
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Pitstop

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Pitstop

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The thorn of

a hero’s anguish

and noble isolation

is not a wand

bearing a secret jewel

but the whisper of sweet suffering

that says it makes a soul better,

braver, ready to do the difficult thing.

It is the step before spiritual freedom,

not a destination, but the line of threshold,

the place of guilt when just before guilt explodes,

eliminating the essence of its own nature.

It is the collecting just before absolute

surrender, the pain in the head that keeps

every touchpoint tense but never releases

the flow. It is the finger hovering over the button,

– a purgatory of necessary importance.

 

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First published in “Dissident Voice” May 2015

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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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Liquid Grey

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Liquid Grey

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These shapes I lose

like the hum of breath, lose

in a room like this

that breeds dumb despair.

I cry not knowing what

such grief dominates, feeling

the gully deepening, crossing

beyond all sensation of the sun.

I am what I cannot tell, am

drinking in this mild death,

discordant as a scream or dream.

I dream in shadows. I work within the zodiac spheres.

I see beyond but cannot kill

my fate nor offer a crumb

of kindness

to my enemy’s mouth.

 

         

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First published in “Dissident Voice” May 2015

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You can listen to the poem by 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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Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening':
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet and author.
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“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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

 

             

 

Months Before Resurrection

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Months Before Resurrection

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In the sea, I awoke,

wet, under the sun,

taken into time by

the lord of anxiety.

Grief and instability covered my skin

like the suction of an octopus’

tentacles. It held me, carried me down

below where the pressure is unbearable,

and strange fluorescent creatures thrive.

I landed on the sand-smoky floor, without

a spoonful of oxygen, murdered by an immutable force.

I died that day, chained to the nadir of my zodiac –

once a living woman, now chewed at by tiny mouths,

soon to fossilize in this wet, unsentimental grave.

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Copyright © 2010 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Poetry Community” May 2015

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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.

 

Reviews of ‘Pushing Through the Jelly Fire':

“This, (Pushing Through the Jelly Fire) is my second favorite book of poetry by Allison Grayhurst. I have it in paperback. I read a lot of poetry across a lot of blogs but Grayhurst’s work stands above the crowd and is of tremendous quality. I highly recommend this and The River is Blind. Her quality of writing is of a high standard and never ceases to lift my spirits as I turn pages in paperback or kindle,” Bruce Ruston, poet, photographer, founding editor of The Poetry Jar.

“Another Grayhurst masterpiece, Allison’s work has inspired me to continue creating and reading poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.

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Once made of stone – Wellesley Street

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Once made of stone – Wellesley Street

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     What was the shape of that shelter before you came?

It was made of lost centuries of torment

and sporadic, but deep, connection.

It was more a seed than shelter,

protecting, feeding the blood dream of my ancestry.

              Then you arrived and for awhile

we stuffed ourselves inside that shelter

like ying and yang, in zen-like union.

              My path was to follow the dolphins – live in the sea,

breathe what I must and be happy.

But happiness was too hard,

I was left wanting the darker layers of guilt and grief.

              Your path was to find what was given to you,

to re-claim your privilege, hand-printing the walls

as though you were king.

              You took the bed, I took the floor. I paid the rent

and you shared your food. Soon that shelter then become

a fossil for me. And you and I – facing each other

with crossed arms, could not find a common ground.

The boy next door worshipped you, and more and more

I felt like the estranged sister, toyed with though loved.

              I took my cat and left you with

the dollar day-old-donuts and the bottled water

you used to brush your teeth with. After that,

my trust was broken. And though we still painted together,

I never showed you my jewels or sorrows.

              That shelter up all those stairs, overlooking

the streetcar tracks is now this paper, an inked-in memory

without entrance

from any valley, flat plain or hill.

 

 

Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Poem and Poetry” May 2015

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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.

 

Reviews of ‘The Many Lights of Eden':

“’The Many Lights of Eden’ is a journey: a journey of the heart through youth, anguish, struggle, spiritual awakening, grief, death, love, loss, guilt, struggle, despair, hope, surrender, God, sensuality, imperfection, motherhood, aging, the vanquishing of the devil, indeed, many devils, the inevitable fall from perfection and the casting off of old wineskins for a new one. Perhaps speaking of this book as a chronicle of spiritual maturing would be more accurate, the realization that there is spirituality within imperfection and that handmade temples cannot hope to compete with the spiritual temples within each of us. ‘The Many Lights of Eden’ is a diamond. It is a beautiful collection of insights. Allison Grayhurst’s thoughts and writings are a deep well. Drink from it, for the water is clear and crisp. This collection is a MUST-READ,” Eric M. Vogt, author of Letters to Lara and Paths and Pools to Ponder. 

 “I have been slow at responding to reviews for Allison Grayhurst due to summer’s busy days, however she brings life to each poem, heart to the images and everyone should have a collection of Grayhurst Poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.

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