Announcing flesh

in the sleepy-loosened

day. A childhood of

bridges, masterpiece aromas

that overlook the playing fields –

one year, two grades and people

once beautiful, now ordinary,

bike turns, riverstones, skipping

on driveways, melting ice over grates


long pleated hair, dark, looking into

competitive eyes. It was the last

year I was there, spending evenings staring

at the gaudy peeling wallpaper or

in the basement crawlspace, space

without any windows, hearing

hockey games, spiders mating, silhouettes

disintegrating. It was the last time

in that car for that car ride, through dull highway hours,

cats in boxes, on laps, children waving, music at half mast,

children waving.



Copyright © 2014 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Coe Review, Volume 45, Issue 1”




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.“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.

“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 of Swan Wheeler: A North American Mythology, Swan – A Planetary Mythology, and The Rise of Eros, 2014.



2 responses to “Riverstones

  1. What poignancy. A feel, a tapestry of experience. Showing us how life works – all the impressions, all the input, all the images, all the sensory stimulation, all the feeling experiences, all the emotions connected to imagery – all the poetry around us all the time, that makes up a life, that makes up life, that makes up a memory, that makes up the stunning wonder of memory.

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