Of Body and Spirit

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Of Body and Spirit

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I seek your mouth

of sensual burning,

its sponge-soft pressure

merging perfectly with mine.

 

I seek its subtle textures,

its waxing and waning, the way

it condenses my being into

its single substance, into

a movement of focused bloom.

 

I seek your hair, your blessed smell,

your hip bone rocking like

the whole of the sea over uncharted sands.

 

I seek your voice sweeping the air

with its rich unconscious moan.

 

I seek the taking of your hand,

the tension of our bodies balanced

in mutual, animal awakening.

 

 

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Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Chicago Record Magazine” March 2017

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http://magazine-record.blogspot.ca/2017/03/possessive-this-vice-i-keep-is-like.html

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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.

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Review of The Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.

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Nights With You

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Nights With You

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After all the marvel has flown

and the egg is minced inside

its nest, I feel you in my sleep

as a babe feels its mother’s breast,

or a tribe its evening song.

 

I feel my skin brushed with gravel,

feel doubt sealing me inside its zoo,

feel my hope sink like money into a reeling sea,

then you with your labyrinth of love,

discover new ways to restore me, to hold me

close to your taut belly and drown

my breathing on your flesh.

 

I cross through the cabin doors. I soar within

November skies. My secrets are no longer mine.

And morning finds me strong in my footsteps,

patient once more.

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Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Chicago Record Magazine” March 2017

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http://magazine-record.blogspot.ca/2017/03/possessive-this-vice-i-keep-is-like.html

 

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You can listen to this poem by clicking below:

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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.

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Review of The Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.

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The Hope of Lovers

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The Hope of Lovers

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    With thin love

and a heart that pangs

unnourished, lovers

meet to undo their

bitterness and know again

undiscerning grace.

              Meeting in passion’s excessive

persuasion, all heavy wounds rise

to dissolve as though never there at all,

then reappear as embedded and destructive

as they really are.

              They reappear beyond

any calm abstraction, as lovers lean on

the blindness of each other

to find their individual sight.

              As lovers lean to advance with the strength

of two made whole, and lean to reach

the truth of love (forever re-told).

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Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “New Mystics” February 2017

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http://newmystics.com/lit/AllisonGrayhurst.html

http://newmystics.com/documents/AllisonGrayhurst-Poems.pdf

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You can listen to this poem by clicking below:

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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.

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Review of The Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.

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Heart’s Exchange

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Heart’s Exchange

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I look to see

your naked back

against the day’s light

and see a language

translating the flow

of flesh, into wave and wind and all

that moves with the bouncing tide.

 

I am not blind

to the weeds of whirlwind circumstances.

 

But together, with eyes locked

in knowing love, we are like a mother with her child or

like that child, feeling (on open lips) a noon rainfall.

 

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Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “The Miscreant” February 2017

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Three Poems

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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.

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Review of The Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.

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Every Hope Inhaled

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Every Hope Inhaled

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              Everyday there is no day

where the fullness of his being

goes unhatched.

Not a day when I do not smell

his smell and hunger

for the rub of his lips.

Not a day when he stands so distant

I forget the kinship we share,

the mousey tide he sprung me from

and the ground of faith he thawed in my breast.

 

              Here in July with my fishscope-view

and the shifting of circumstantial thorns,

when the tombstone tumbles and each handful

of hope has been hacksawed off,

he alone helps justify

and lamps my richest theme.

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Copyright © 1998 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Venus in Scorpio Poetry Ezine” January 2017

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https://vscorpiozine.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/poems-by-allison-grayhurst-every-hope-inhaled-and/

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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.

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Review of The Longing To Be: 

“The contents of Allison Grayhurst’s book The Longing To Be are both personal and universal and are described in such thematic and golden terms that one can see that a lot of thought has gone into each line. The poems are written mostly in free verse throughout, with both rhythm and soul weaved into them. For some poems, the layout seems experimental, and there is definitely a playfulness in the way that the words and verses fall onto the page. Others do conform to a “norm”, whatever that is. All are dramatic and thoughtful. These are layered poems with new horizons presented to the reader in every re-read. The effect is to keep things fresh with poems that constantly surprise in spite, and because of, the number of times being read. I thoroughly recommend The Longing To Be as a poetry book to study carefully and cherish far into the future,” poet Brian Shirra.

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Christened

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Christened

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Because of you, my blood is nourished.

 

Just beside one another

 

in laughter or decay, passing looks

 

that bid for nothing.

 

Because of you I am able to blink

 

where others are blinded:

 

 

I bury heartbreak in our kissing.

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Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Medusa’s Kitchen” January 2017

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

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

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You can listen to the poem by clicking below:

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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.

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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.
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“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.

 

 

 

The Foliage of Our Music

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The Foliage of Our Music

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          Near the shut lives of people

who love intangible,

who hide within the spell of seasonal spirituality,

you are the all that intoxicates my hunger,

summons my vision beyond

its threshold, takes my hand amidst

the tyranny of worldly demands and loves

me through my weeping – your body happy

to receive me, to blanket me with touch. Your hair

and belly and your thin bones

that carry such a restless warmth that

only sharpens each day with charm and insight.

No one desires like you the forgotten passions,

reads to me the marrow from books and dances

with mad laughter when seeing the solemn

horrors of most daily deeds.

No one grows so weighted with sorrow,

so beautified by empathy as you when tracing

the footsteps of the oppressed, visiting

each broken with a dense compassion

that embraces all as your equal.

          Haggard hope between us

to avenge the space that splits

our love with petty differences.

          I spend no delight but dread

the thorny flame of loneliness, of

loving again a lesser love, looking

into some appealing eyes that are not

your eyes nor know the things

of your kind wisdom.

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Copyright © 1997 by Allison Grayhurst

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First published in “Novelmasters” November 2016

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http://www.novelmasters.org/allison-grayhurst-seizing-time/

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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.

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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.
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“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.