A World Away

.

A World Away

 .

 .

          Your nights were cradled

in the boiling anguish

of knowing nothing, not

of your purpose and not

of the tide that brought

you from behind.

 

          Your summers were jaded

by the men who beheld you

as one ripened, but luckily

robbed of suffering, and by the women

who left you, unable to withstand

your scissored breast, and spirit of

stubborn morbidity.

 

 

          Take the gospel of your blessing

          and of your balancing.

 

          Take today what restores

          yesterday’s hollow ache and cursing.

 

          Take these days in your hands and feast

          until every sour doubt dies and

 

          you mourn their passing

          no more.

 .

 .

Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

3000

amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

.

First published in “Ygdrasil – A Journal of the Poetic Arts, VOL XXV, Issue 4, Number 288” April 2017

http://users.synapse.net/kgerken/

http://users.synapse.net/kgerken/Y-1704.pdf

.

You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

  .

“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.

.
Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

 .

.

Missing You

.

Missing You

 .

 .

So intolerable is the fierce drain

of having you but

not having you

by my side.

So hard to talk

on the phone of missing you

while the universe lies veiled and vaulted

from my sight.

While you laugh and sing

and I sleep walk in the sun;

 

voice, unable to chime; voice

that leaps then fails, calls

to you then crumbles like some

useless gesture; voice,

full of the fury of assassins, soft

like a slug’s boneless belly cries

to you of the loneliness

and of the need; voice

that needs your uncompromising devotion,

but gets mute and lost, then sees

that such a thirst

is fatal.

.

.

Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

3000

amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

.

First published in “Ygdrasil – A Journal of the Poetic Arts, VOL XXV, Issue 4, Number 288” April 2017

http://users.synapse.net/kgerken/

http://users.synapse.net/kgerken/Y-1704.pdf

.

You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

  .

“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.

.
Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

 .

.

So Much Glory Stillborn

.

So Much Glory Stillborn

 .

 .

There was you

holding tight to your need, full

          of the killing night.

 

There was you and no one

exceeded you in your terrible love

          and in your milking

 

of quiet rains, as in my arms your size

dominated the sun and awoke my wings

          to fan and flourish.

 

 

 

But long before the sterile sleep of years

showered by compromise, long before the tossing

          from side to side, afraid

 

of kissing and the commitment it may bring.

Long before now, falling prey

          to this angry hunger

 

that drums an inevitable goodbye

and crushes cruel like cruel will never

          crush again.

.

.

Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

3000

amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

.

First published in “Ygdrasil – A Journal of the Poetic Arts, VOL XXV, Issue 4, Number 288” April 2017

http://users.synapse.net/kgerken/

http://users.synapse.net/kgerken/Y-1704.pdf

.

You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

.

“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.

.
Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

 .

.

Truth To Be Told

.

Truth To Be Told

.

.

With this weight

clinging to my laughter,

cold weight of you

and your indifferent love,

shadows drag by my side

draining my spine of its thick marrow.

 

And you, on the phone, with neither

peace nor passion in your voice,

may as well tell me

you are regretting the days

once with me, have decided

to remain newborn on the crust

of some exclusive adventure, in foreign

cities, on unexpected streets, stay,

swimming in immediacy where the miracles

are yours alone to claim and keep

and the remembrance of my smile

has no effect.

.

.

Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

3000

amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

.

First published in “Bewildering Stories, Issue 708” April 2017

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue708/blurb.html

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue708/truth_told.html

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/bios/grayhurst_allison_bio.html

.

You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

  .

“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.

.
Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

 .

.

When One Falters

.

When One Falters

 .

 .

          The cold and conquered spheres

of a love once endowed with light,

but ruined by faithlessness,

wedges between winter’s strength

and night’s repelling dread.

          Always him, thirsting for chaos

to consume, treading on atmospheres

immersed in false perfection. Never him

mourning a tender cry, but crying

of vengeful abandonment, spawns his

curse into every nearing hope.

          And she, alone, surrendered to the sacrifice,

pursues a new devotion, walks

from his contagious self-contempt,

loving not his potential, but the memory

of his striving heart,

(once fresh with expectation,

now extinguished, turned against itself

like a scorpion cornered).

          She alone, accepting the lonely oblivion

of loss, the unquenchable incompleteness, rises

from day to day on mortal ground,

restoring.

.

.

Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

3000

amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

.

First published in “Bewildering Stories, Issue 706” March 2017

 

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue706/blurb.html

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/issue706/one_falters.html

http://www.bewilderingstories.com/bios/grayhurst_allison_bio.html

.

.You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

  .

“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.

.
Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

 .

.

Placeless

.

Placeless

 .

You are far, without a face.

Six nights on the bed beside

your brooding limbs, the covers

piled between us like a clotted vein.

I know you are sad, but it is never

enough just to say it,

to feel my arms full of your aching,

feel the fine fibres of isolation

choke your core until only the cramp remains.

 

And the longing in your eyes knows no bounds.

.

.

Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

3000

amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

.

First published in “Low Word” February 2017

low-word-4low-word-1 low-word-2 low-word-3

https://lowword.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/allison-grayhurst/

https://lowword.wordpress.com/

.

.You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

.

“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.

.
Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

 .

.

To Learn the Scarlet Vision

.

To Learn the Scarlet Vision

.

. 

Where does it go,

the shelter and the death?

 

What does it feed, that old

loathing sterility that laughs at all

creations, masters them into a craft

and calls itself superior?

 

How do we cherish without pride,

be extreme like a Russian prophet,

unguarded in the heat and ice of an

evolving spirituality?

 

How do we love like Jesus, mourn

like Jesus, be brave

against the inevitable and hope

through the sullen days to be

better, more than shadow

or collected habits?

 

How do we let go of what eventually

will be taken away?

 .

.

Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

3000

 

amazon.com/author/allisongrayhurst

.

First published in “Medusa’s Kitchen” January 2017

medusas-kitchen-jan-1 medusas-kitchen-5 medusas-kitchen-to-learn-the-scarlet

medusas-kitchen-pic-to-learnmedusas-kitchen-jan-5

http://medusaskitchen.blogspot.ca/2017/01/that-blue-whisper.html

http://medusaskitchen.blogspot.ca/search?q=grayhurst

.

You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

  .

“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.

.
Reviews of  ‘Journey of the Awakening’:
“Journey of the Awakening is the first book of poetry that I have read of Allison Grayhurst. While reading it began to sound familiar, the comment to myself was “She is as good as Sylvia Plath”. When I finished the book I read comments from others who referred to her as “In the style of Sylvia Plath”; Ms Plath, one of my favorite poets had no match until Ms Grayhurst’s work. Congratulations to her on her achievements, I am already a ‘fan’, the love of her work will continue to grow,” Ann Johnson-Murphree, 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. This, and other Grayhurst poetry volumes are highly, highly recommended,” Tom Davis, poet, novelist and educator.

 .

 .