Poem nominated for “Best of the Net” 2018



Eating from an imaginary spoon


Sensual as clay laced

with warm water,

hard as a window

barred –

and still the seeds are thrown

though I don’t know why – there is

too much earth and almost no sun,

there are slimy ponds that beasts and fowls

eliminate in – spotted with dead-fish-eyes

and not at all like heaven

is suppose

to be.

There is a funeral in the fireplace but no one

connected enough to mourn the dead thing burning.

There are seven steps up and nine down, and indifferent

cruelty has murdered every other form of synchronicity –

I see four walls, but have only three;

I dream the supernatural and am faced

with pain in my teeth,

and on my hands, are wounds

that will not heal.

Under the willow tree I hide my mirror,

small enough to be mistaken for morning dew.

I look for a point of origin, something to explain

how and why

we all must see it through.



Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst



Second Nomination for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015

Two poems “Where I Stand” and “The Path Before” have

just been nominated for Sundress Publications

“Best of the Net” 2015 by Ashley Schellhous, editor-in-chief 

of Juxtaprose Literary Magazine.

These poems were first published in the April 2015 issue

of Juxtaprose Literary Magazine.

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Nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015

Poem “Crystal Dark” has just been nominated

for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015

by Janine Pickett, editor of Indiana Voice Journal.

The poem was first published in the May 2015 issue

of Indiana Voice Journal.

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Link to poem:


Childhood Cracked


Childhood cracked


The doll fell

and was never picked up.

It fell by the curb

in a lucid slumber

of inarticulate words

like a dew drop

on ice.

Nothing was coveted,

the chant grew like the moon

as the month moved on.

What was cold inside was a needle

of sharp divide and the impact

of unbuffered death.

Into this autumn

the doll fell

and the meridian of grace

was at last

on the table.



Copyright © 2008 by Allison Grayhurst


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First published in “Bewildering Stories”

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Won  Bewildering Stories’ “The 2011 Mariner Award for Short Poetry”

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“Allison Grayhurst intertwines a potent spirituality throughout her work so that each poem is not simply a statement or observation, but a revelation that demands the reader’s personal involvement. Grayhurst’s poetic genius is profound and evident. Her voice is uniquely authentic, undeniable in its dignified vulnerability as it is in its significance,” Kyp Harness, singer/songwriter, author.

“Allison Grayhurst’s poems are like cathedrals witnessing and articulating in unflinching graphic detail the gritty angst and grief of life, while taking it to rare clarity, calm and comfort. Grayhurst’s work is haunting, majestic and cleansing, often leaving one breathless in the wake of its intelligence, hope, faith and love amidst the muck of life. Many of Allison Grayhurst’s poems are simply masterpieces. Grayhurst’s poetry is a lighthouse of intelligent honour… indeed, intelligence rips through her work like white water,” Taylor Jane Green, Registered Spiritual Psychotherapist and author.


Review of ‘The Many Lights of Eden’:
“’The Many Lights of Eden’ is a journey: a journey of the heart through youth, anguish, struggle, spiritual awakening, grief, death, love, loss, guilt, struggle, despair, hope, surrender, God, sensuality, imperfection, motherhood, aging, the vanquishing of the devil, indeed, many devils, the inevitable fall from perfection and the casting off of old wineskins for a new one. Perhaps speaking of this book as a chronicle of spiritual maturing would be more accurate, the realization that there is spirituality within imperfection and that handmade temples cannot hope to compete with the spiritual temples within each of us. ‘The Many Lights of Eden’ is a diamond. It is a beautiful collection of insights. Allison Grayhurst’s thoughts and writings are a deep well. Drink from it, for the water is clear and crisp. This collection is a MUST-READ,” Eric M. Vogt, author of Letters to Lara and Paths and Pools to Ponder


Review of poem:

“I really like Allison Grayhurst’s poem “Childhood Cracked.” There is something ethereal about it — the words and phrases attract me in a mysterious way. In particular, the second line “a lucid slumber of inarticulate words like a dew drop on ice.” Whew, the phrase pulls up images and feeling of being verbally locked, having something overwhelmingly important to express yet being frozen, unable to speak. And, “Into this autumn / the doll fell” brings thoughts of fractured memories from childhood. The poem gives me a raw chill but not in an uncomfortable way. The images stay with me a while. I enjoyed it greatly,” Bewildering Stories, 2011 – American poet Thomas F. Wylie.