If we live

through this hangman’s touch,

outrun this heatwave and find

an oasis in spite of the odds,

then we will be sealed

in the summer of our belonging.


We will take only what we are given

to own, dress up occasionally, mostly

be charmed by sweet and simple delights.


If we survive

the devouring vultures, the

vanity of self-punishment and

the unbreakable natural law,

then our breadbasket will be

overflowing with leftovers,

our hearts will be still in the peace

of eternal love, loving this day and the next

as lovers do, happy to serve,

happy to fill the bathtub

and soak.




Copyright © 2023 by Allison Grayhurst


“The poems included in Allison Grayhurst’s poetry collection Running, lightwave riding reveal an impressive artistic perfection and creative energy. The poems are full of lyrical force and show freshness of style. No doubt, this is a significant work. The poems have great power of observation and originality of imagination,” Dr. Karunesh Kumar Agarwal publisher Cyberwit.net



First published in “Hobo Camp Review” May 2023





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Poetry is Breath

Poetry is Breath


       Poetry is breath,

not a sailboat sunk

decades ago mid-ocean,

far from any desire for discovery

let alone retrieval.

       Poetry is everything,

not the thing never talked about,

avoided into non-existence

because it is uncomfortable

and far too strange.

       Poetry is like God,

only not God, but tied to God

like a puppet to the puppeteer’s strings

dependant on God for any and all


       Poetry is coming,

burning down the aisle

to its lasting consummation.

       Deny it and it will by-pass you,

and its gift, its magnificence

(like a first love that feels

that first love unending)

you will never experience.

       Poetry is not song.

In some ways (thunder-lightning beat)

more primal.

In some ways (blood-curdling word connections)


       Poetry is not like birth

is more like death –

only mentioned when necessary,

but always inevitably


       Poetry is breath.

If you love it, you will know it

like a lover, satisfying, surprising,

strenuously demanding.

If you pretend it is not for you,

then it is not,

and you will go through your days

without it, missing that meal,

that next-layer rare connection

that has no substitute or important equal.




Copyright © 2023 by Allison Grayhurst




Published in “Cultural Reverence”  June 2023




Published in “Fevers of the Mind” June 2023




Published in “Cultural Reverence” June 2023



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An Interview with Pegasus Literary

An Interview with Allison Grayhurst

Allison Grayhurst is a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Four of her poems were nominated for “Best of the Net” in 2015/2018, and one eight-part story-poem was nominated for “Best of the Net” in 2017. She has over 1,375 poems published in more than 525 international journals and anthologies.

In 2018, her book Sight at Zero, was listed #34 on CBC’s “Your Ultimate Canadian Poetry List”.

Collaborating with Allison Grayhurst on the lyrics, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter/musician Diane Barbarash has transformed eight of Allison Grayhurst’s poems into songs, creating a full album entitled River – Songs from the poetry of Allison Grayhurst, released 2017.

In 2020, her work was translated into Chinese and published in “Rendition of International Poetry Quarterly” and in “Poetry Hall”.

Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Since then, she has published twenty-one other books of poetry and twelve collections with Edge Unlimited Publishing. Prior to the publication of Somewhere Falling she had a poetry book published, Common Dream, and four chapbooks published by The Plowman. Her poetry chapbook The River is Blind was published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press December 2012. In 2014 her chapbook Surrogate Dharma was published by Kind of a Hurricane Press, Barometric Pressures Author Series. In 2015, her book No Raft – No Ocean was published by Scars Publications. Also, her book Make the Wind was published in 2016 by Scars Publications. As well, her book Trial and Witness – selected poems, was published in 2016 by Creative Talents Unleashed (CTU Publishing Group). Her book Tadpoles Find the Sun was published by Cyberwit, August 2020.

She is a vegan. She lives in Toronto with her family. She also sculpts, working with clay; http://www.allisongrayhurst.com

Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Tell us about you and your background.

Allison Grayhurst: I was born in Canada, grew up in Montreal and live in Toronto now with my husband, my two grown children, and my cats. Both my parents were writers and we moved around a lot when I was young, living in Spain for a year.


Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: How did you begin writing? Did you intend to become an author, or do you have a specific reason or reasons for writing each book??

Allison Grayhurst: I’ve been writing since grade school, it just came naturally to me. However, I never wanted to be a writer, let alone a poet. I wanted to work with animals. I was 19 when I realized I didn’t have a choice, and had to accept myself as a poet.


Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: What authors do you like to read?

Allison Grayhurst: Russian literature has greatly influenced me, my favourite being Dostoyevsky. The last five years or so I have been reading ancient Greek and Roman literature and philosophy. Right now, I am reading Plutarch, The Rise of Rome. But reading Homer’s The Iliad was one of the greatest experiences I had as I writer, witnessing the birth of literature, and then to follow the thread from the Iliad to all the great literature that was directly inspired by it, from Virgil’s the Aeneid, Euripides, Dante, Milton, and Sapho. My husband, Kyp Harness, is a great writer of literature and songs, and I am inspired by him daily as a poet and as a human being.


Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: How hard is it to establish and maintain a career in fiction and non writing?

Allison Grayhurst: It is not so hard right now to be published as there are so many online magazines, many established, and many new, edgy, and open to new ways of expression. It used to cost money to mail out your work, now it is done free with just a click. However, a poetry career has no monetary reward, so that part is very difficult, and more than often, feels like an impossible life path.



Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Your experience of writing the book Running, lightwave riding.

Allison Grayhurst: The poems in this book were about shedding outdone and harmful influences and ways of being.  Mostly the shedding wasn’t by choice, but forced upon me, and the poems express my coming to terms with the losses, accepting the losses, and eventually receiving the gift of the losses.


Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: What are your future project(s)?

Allison Grayhurst: I am working on a full-length book called The Light Given, which will have three parts: Getting Out; Celebration; Stepping In.


Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Allison Grayhurst: Not really. I guess, only be a poet if you have no other choice. It must be a necessity not a hobby.


Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: What is your motivation for writing more?

Allison Grayhurst: Being alive. I write because I live, so as long as I am alive, I will continue to write.


Karunesh Kumar Agrawal: Thank you very much.

Allison Grayhurst: Thank you Karunesh.