I see you now like I didn’t before,

see the eclipsing cataclysmic drive,

heavy in its consumption, consuming

me with images of you and the upper reaches

of your forehead, upper scope of divine desire,

filtering down my throat, into arm sinews, fingers

and finally my teacup, drinking again.

Why did you make me see,

give me urgency, anxiety unquenchable?

Hot-lip inheritor, a catastrophic omen, cutting down

my log house, cutting up the loving stars.


I see you now and cannot see again

ideals to strive for, homesteads of subterranean warmth.

Wait under water, wait beside the fleshy fins of mauled

corpses. This reality is mine, although I tried

to make something different, tried to grow great

gardens in the sand.


I see you now – illusionist,

collector of willing followers, a games keeper,

selling me out to see how devoted I remain,

to see how bravely I live after I see, after this fall.



Copyright © 2015 by Allison Grayhurst

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Published in “The Wagon Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1” 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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