Review of “River – Songs from the poetry of Allison Grayhurst”

Published in “Treehouse Arts” and “Natasha Ganes’s blog”, January 13, 2018


River – Songs from the poetry of Allison Grayhurst


Four book reviews by Ann Johnson-Murphree

Review of ‘The Longing To Be’:

“What can I say about Allison Grayhurst and her creativity that has not already been said…she is a prolific poet. Her poetry has touched my heart and soul,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet and author.



Review of ‘Pushing Through the Jelly Fire’:

“Another Grayhurst masterpiece, Allison’s work has inspired me to continue creating and reading poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.


Review of ‘The Many Lights of Eden’:

“I have been slow at responding to reviews for Allison Grayhurst due to summer’s busy days, however she brings life to each poem, heart to the images and everyone should have a collection of Grayhurst Poetry,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.


Review of ‘For Every Rain’:

“Great collection, once again outstanding creativity,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, poet.


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Three book reviews by Bruce Ruston


“One of the best contemporary poetry books I have read and my favorite by Allison Grayhurst. I have this (The River is Blind) in paperback and find I come back to it often. I am very impressed that her poetry just oozes quality and in all ways gets my mind thinking. If you read poetry I highly recommend it, if you also write this is a great way to spend a couple of hours soaking in the quality and subject matters. The poems are spiritual and uplifting and I have never found any of her poems to be dull or depressing nor ever too hard to read. More life affirming each time I read one and I am always glad to have done so,” Bruce Ruston, poet, photographer, founding editor of The Poetry Jar.


“I have many of Allison Grayhurst’s books and this one (Journey of the Awakening) is well worth a read. There is a spiritual element to the poems that have a lifting aspect as you read each poem. I highly recommend reading The River is Blind, I have this in paperback and come back to it time and again when I am looking for inspiration. I don’t think you can go wrong with dipping in and out of all her books of contemporary poetry and I am sure you would enjoy them all,” Bruce Ruston, poet, photographer, founding editor of The Poetry Jar.



“This, (Pushing Through the Jelly Fire) is my second favorite book of poetry by Allison Grayhurst. I have it in paperback. I read a lot of poetry across a lot of blogs but Grayhurst’s work stands above the crowd and is of tremendous quality. I highly recommend this and The River is Blind. Her quality of writing is of a high standard and never ceases to lift my spirits as I turn pages in paperback or kindle,” Bruce Ruston, poet, photographer, founding editor of The Poetry Jar.