…I exist!


…I exist!


Seal me up

and wash the river.

Sunny days to sing

“It is over, over!”

Frozen perfection,

alive but dying

cliffs and cupboards

waving hello

to the ruthless Earth,

plastic in the nest

I am hungry

I am whole

Facing mortality

to make something immortal,

encountering the dark part

of God’s loins – orgasmic

reckoning, not afraid to make faces,

stick out your tongue,

not denying the chaos of pain –

Fingertips unused

and brighter burns,

where are you?

Snow ploughs and stone,

no more copying, but

diving, owning the

pathway yet to be made

clear, owning the receptive

flowing-in of grace. Old grooves

removed. The bird knows this

and shouts its song.



Copyright © 2015 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “Scarlet Leaf Review” April 2016

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“Grayhurst’s poetry is a translucent, ethereal dream in which words push through the fog, always searching, struggling, and reaching for the powerful soul at its heart. Her work is vibrant and shockingly original,” Beach Holme Publishers.

“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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