Blue World


Blue World


Hobbling like a tropical disease

through the belly of the city.

In my pocket

a bullet

awaiting its target.

In my mouth

a mountain of hope, flowers

forming, rising

like the sun

against the sea.

This garden is odd:

faith is caged in a black hole;

spears, dank thoughts, so much depression

sprayed into the eyes

of good people,

so many wings flapping

shaved hypocrisies.

Suddenly they bar my door

Blue, blue . . .



Copyright © 1991 by Allison Grayhurst


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First published in “JVC Poetry Newsletter Volume 1, Number 5” January 1990

Published under the pseudonym “Jocelyn Kain” aka Allison Grayhurst

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“Grayhurst’s rapturous outpouring of imagery makes her poems easily enjoyable … Like a sear the poet seeks to fathom sensual and spiritual experience through the images of a dream.” Canadian Literature

 “Allison Grayhurst’s Common Dream is a massive book by a talented and enthusiastic young writer, with a feel for descriptive, meaningful verse. Philosophical and very deep,” Paul Rance, editor of Eastern Rainbow, U.K.,  spring 1993.

“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

“Rich images and complex, shifting metaphors drive Allison Grayhurst’s poems. She focuses on sexual love and interior landscapes, widening to include the heart, eternity and all.”  Next Exit



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