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Carelessly moving from place to place

but changeless as a brick under a porch

and strong as that brick: A taste

of stagnation, purified by the bonds that have kept

you from fulfillment. There is heat drying

your light, and dead things that have been making

their way beside your immaculate arms.

I have been trying to

lift them with my hands. But my hands

are made of thin glass. And these things

have thighs and impenetrable open eyes, looking at you -

wondrous lover, missionary of the current. It is only them

between us, between the wall and the way out.

Take this mortal thinning and give nothing to regrets:

We sing for each other and you are free. I feel it

in the sparrows lined along the roofline and in

your tired features morphing into winter branches -

richer brown, moist – like just before

a spring bloom.

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Copyright © 2011 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Pocket Thoughts”

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http://www.scribd.com/doc/117201311/Pocket-Thoughts-Issue-1

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

http://allisongrayhurst.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/back.m4a

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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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Book reviews of the River is Blind paperback:

“Throughout (The River is Blind), she (Allison Grayhurst) employs 
reiterated tropes of swallowing and being consumed, spatial fullness 
and emptiness, shut- in, caverns, chasms, cavities; angels, archangels, 
blasphemy, psalms; satiation or starved. With a conceit of unrequited sex 
as “my desire”, nocturnal emissions, awakening in the morning, the poet lives 
at capacity, uninhibited, dancing,” 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’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. THE RIVER IS BLIND is a must-read,”  Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.

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10 responses to “Back

  1. This poem is incredible – like a rich gentle fierce painting – wow:

    “Carelessly moving from place to place

    but changeless as a brick under a porch

    and strong as that brick”
    “Take this mortal thinning and give nothing to regrets:

    We sing for each other and you are free. I feel it

    in the sparrows lined along the roofline and in

    your tired features morphing into winter branches – richer brown,

    moist – like just before a spring bloom.”

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