On Tour

On Tour

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Pale as the Eastern gulls sitting on rooftops,

 he speeds over the wide country.

 

He hurts with uncommon intensity –

liberation balanced between his two lips.

 

Like the slow hum of rain, I hear him

treading the snowed-in cities, hear his kiss

like a prayer of protection, flowering.

 

Freedom stitched to his smile,

he crosses the sea he’s never seen before,

as he carries his guitar

like a lover’s warm hand.

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Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Envoi”, 1996

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Published in “Creative Talents Unleashed” June 2016

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On Tour – Author Allison Grayhurst

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

https://allisongrayhurst.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/on-tour.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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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.
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6 responses to “On Tour

  1. I love this – it reads like a song, like a warm and soft poetic blanket, like a hum, like a beauty ever so intimate and profound and real and true.
    “He hurts with uncommon intensity –

    liberation balanced between his two lips.

    Like the slow hum of rain, I hear him

    treading the snowed-in cities, hear his kiss

    like a prayer of protection, flowering.

    Freedom stitched to his smile,

    he crosses the sea he’s never seen before,

    as he carries his guitar

    like a lover’s warm hand.”

    Like

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