Allison Grayhurst has had more than 950 poems published in over 400 magazines/journals/anthologies throughout Canada, United States, England, India, Ireland, China, Scotland, Wales, Austria, Romania, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Colombia and Australia. She is a full member of League of Canadian Poets. Three of her poems have been nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015. Over 950 published poems are available to read on this website.
Some of places her work has appeared in include Parabola (Alone & Together print issue summer 2012); Elephant Journal; Literary Orphans; Blue Fifth Review; The American Aesthetic; Drunk Monkeys; Agave Magazine; JuxtaProse Literary Magazine, South Florida Arts Journal; Gris-Gris; New Binary Press Anthology; The Brooklyn Voice; Straylight Literary Magazine; The Milo Review; Foliate Oak Literary Magazine; The Antigonish Review; Dalhousie Review; Chicago Record Magazine;The New Quarterly; Wascana Review; Poetry Nottingham International; The Cape Rock; Ayris; Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry; The Toronto Quarterly; Fogged Clarity, Boston Poetry Magazine; Decanto; White Wall Review.
(There is a full list of publications further down)
Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Since then she has published twelve other books of poetry and seven 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 October 2014.
In 2015, her chapbook No Raft – No Ocean was published in October 2015 by Scars Publications.
More recently, her chapbook Make the Wind was published in April 2016 by Scars Publications.
Her book Trial and Witness – selected poems, was published in May 2016 with Creative Talents Unleashed (CTU Publishing Group).
(Please scroll down to the bottom of the post to see reviews of books)
Link to book published in May 2016 by Creative Talents Unleashed (CTU Publishing); May 2016;
ISBN-13: 978-0692702529; ISBN-10: 0692702520; ASIN: B01II9O63G
Link to chapbook published; Make the Wind – Scars Publications, April 2016; ISBN-10: 1530924995; ISBN-13: 978-1530924998
Link to chapbook published; No Raft – No Ocean – Scars Publications, October 2015; ISBN-10: 1518842046; ISBN-13: 978-1518842047
Link to chapbook published: Surrogate Dharma – Barometric Pressures Author Series, Kind of a Hurricane Press October 2014
Grayhurst — Surrogate Dharma — ebook file (4)
Link to chapbook published by above/ground press 2012:
The River is Blind
published in Ottawa by above/ground press
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy
To order, send cheques (add $1 for postage; outside Canada, add $2) to: rob mclennan, 402 McLeod St #3, Ottawa ON K2P 1A6 or paypal at www.robmclennan.blogspot.com
Other books are available in both paperback and digital form at Amazon.com, Amazon Europe, Amazon Canada, and Amazon Kindle.
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(please note to retain proper formatting of the poems, kindle books are best viewed from a large screen such as an iPad)
Available book titles below were published in this order:
Common Dream published by Edge Unlimited (1991); ISBN-10: 0969542313; ISBN-13: 978-0969542315
Somewhere Falling, published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book (1995); ISBN-10: 0888783655; ISBN-13: 978-0888783653
Book 1: Journey of the Awakening, 1997, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CH6WO5Y; ISBN-10: 1478189339; ISBN-13: 978-1478189336
Book 2: The Longing to Be, 1998, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CH94ZNK; ISBN-10: 1478197684; ISBN-13: 978-1478197683
Book 3: Death and Other Possibilities, 2000, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CHB8M0K; ISBN-10: 1478208163; ISBN-13: 978-1478208167
Book 4: Outliving the Inevitable, 2002, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CHBYD1W; ISBN-10: 1478220295; ISBN-13: 978-1478220299
Book 5: Into My Mortal, 2004, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CHFGOB0; ISBN-10: 147822858X; ISBN-13: 978-1478228585
Book 6: Red thread – Black thread, 2006, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CHQOJFW; ISBN-10: 1478244186; ISBN-13: 978-1478244189
Book 7: The Many Lights of Eden, 2008, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CHTR6IQ; ISBN-10: 1478249153; ISBN-13: 978-1478249153
Book 8: Pushing Through The Jelly Fire, 2010, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CHXZYOA; ISBN-10: 1478256567; ISBN-13: 978-1478256564
Book 9: The River is Blind, 2012, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CICVQ6K; ISBN-10: 1478280131; ISBN-13: 978-1478280132
Book 10: Seamless – A Collection of Love Poems, 2012, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CIFTU0G; ISBN-10: 1479304816; ISBN-13: 978-1479304813
Book 11: If I Get There – Poems of Faith and Doubt, a collection, 2012, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00CIZQGI0; ISBN-10: 1479348740; ISBN-13: 978-1479348749
Book 12: Wallpaper Stars, 2013, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00DQBDZAW; ISBN-10: 1490499172; ISBN-13: 978-1490499178
Book 13: For Every Rain – a collection of early poems, 2013, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00E6Y47OQ; ISBN-10: 1491065656; ISBN-13: 978-1491065655
Book 14: Jumana and Perfect Love – two poetic prose pieces, 2013, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00E74B45A; ISBN-10: 1491081465; ISBN-13: 978-1491081464
Book 15: Walkways, 2014, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00OR1VVH4; ISBN-10: 1502792133; ISBN-13: 978-1502792136
Book 16: As My Blindness Burns – three long poems, 2014 Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00OS7HFZY; ISBN-10: 1502838265; ISBN-13: 978-1502838261
Book 17: Our Children Are Orchards – collected poems about animals, children and pregnancy, 2015, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B00TZDDP5K; ISBN-10: 1508582920; ISBN-13: 978-1508582922
Book 18: Fire and more, 2016, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN:B01BO7P7DM ; ISBN-13: 978-1517327279; ISBN-10: 151732727X
Book 19: Currents- pastlife poems, 2016, Edge Unlimited Publishing; ASIN: B01FV5EYTQ; ISBN-13: 978-1533311269; ISBN-10: 1533311269
(see completed list of publications further down)
Magazines/journals/anthologies where her poems have been published – prior to 1997:
Wascana Review; The Antigonish Review; Dalhousie Review; White Wall Review; Exile; The New Quarterly; The Cape Rock; Writer’s Quarterly; UC Review; Existere; Hook & Ladder; Pennine Platform; Sepia 55; Seeds; Jones Av.; Afterthoughts; Oh! Magazine; Psychopoetica; SKAZ; Poetry WLU; Prophetic Voices – An International Literary Journal; Alternative Press Magazine; Minus Tides; CRASH; Mother of Thyme; Next Exit; Alias; Braquemard; Schrodinger’s Cat; oasis; Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry (now called The Journal); Spokes; Harvest; Reach; the prisoner; Poetry Nottingham International; envoi; Written in the Skin – an anthology; Asylum; Drift; New Hope International Writing; Reflections; The Plowman; The Muse Journal; Crescent Moon Publishing; A Joyful Noise; Poetry Halifax Dartmouth; Pen & Keyboard Magazine; Pagan America – an Anthology of New American Poetry; Subtle Fire – anthology; Poetry and Audience; Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Newsletter; Spiritual Quest Publishing; Wheel Magazine; The Affiliate; Purple Patch; AlphaBeat Soup; Print Verite; JVC Poetry Newsletter; The Amethyst Review; Zygote; South; First Offence; Writer’s Lifeline; Never Bury Poetry; Surface & Symbol; Beneath the Surface; Carousel; Pawn to Infinity.
Recent magazines/journals/anthologies where her poems have published or have been accepted and will soon be published – from 2011 to the present:
Parabola; South Florida Arts Journal; PoetryMagazine.com; Fogged Clarity; Decanto; Indigo Rising; Quantum Poetry Magazine; Message In A Bottle Poetry Magazine; Buddhist Poetry Review; Bewildering Stories; Poetic License; Leaf Garden Press; vox poetica; Subliminal Interiors; Both Sides Now; Gloom Cupboard; beatnik; MadSwirl.com; Pirene’s Fountain; cur.ren.cy; Right Hand Pointing; Misfits’ Miscellany; The Greensilk Journal; Foliate Oak Literary Magazine; Abramelin; Studio Journal; Bursting Plethora of Rainbow Colors; Out of Our; Extract(s); Taj Mahal Review; Whisper; The Writer’s Literary Muse; B-Gina Review; The Toronto Quarterly; The Write Room; The Weary Blues; The Artistic Muse (Poehemians); The Screech Owl; Veil: Journal of Darker Musings; Split Lip Magazine; The Fat City Review; New Binary Press Anthology; The Entroper; Pocket Thoughts; Ayris; The Camel Saloon; Sprout; Leaves of Ink; The Blind Vigil Revue; Triage Monthly (now called The Journal of Applied Poetics) ; The Blue Hour; Lit Up Magazine; The Poetry Jar; Dead Snakes; Crack the Spine; Northern Cardinal Review; Carcinogenic Poetry; Gris-Gris; Long Story Short; Jumping Blue Gods; Blue Fifth Review; Poetry Pacific; Pyrokinection; The Mind(less) Muse; Daily Love; Ann Arbor Review; Bigger Stones; Ancient Heart Magazine; Decades Review; The Muse – An International Journal of Poetry June 2013; Miracle E-zine; Poppy Road Review; Kalkion; Kritya; Subprimal Poetry Art; Poems About Life; Blue Lake Review; The Milo Review; Wilderness House Literary Review; BareBack Magazine; Boston Poetry Magazine; Full of Crow; poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles; Collective Exile; Poetry Nook Magazine; Tophat Raven; Blast Furnace; Anchor & Plume Press|Kindred Magazine; Straylight Literary Magazine; Oddball Magazine!; Nomad’s Choir Poetry Journal; Walking Is Still Honest; Ehanom Review; The Brooklyn Voice; Poetry Salzburg Review; Bare Hands Poetry; Underground Books, The Kitchen Poet; Iron Gall Press; Storm Cycle, 2013 Anthology; Contemporary Poetry – An Anthology of Present Day Best Poems; The American Aesthetic; Record Magazine; Jellyfish Whispers; Storm Cellar; Writers Haven – Verse Land; Crisis Chronicles Press; Gutter Eloquence Magazine; Drunk Monkeys; Lake City Lights; Wax Poetry and Art Magazine; Tic Toc Anthology; The Bijou Poetry Review; Literature Today; The Galway Review; Napalm and Novocain; Muse – An International Journal of Poetry June 2014; The Undertow Review; Literary Orphans Journal; The Bitchin’ Kitsch; First Literary Review-East; The Continuist; Fine Flu Journal; Cartagena Journal; Turk’s Head Review; Guwahatian; Ink Sweat & Tears; Far Enough East; River Poets Journal; VIMFIREmagazine; Allegro Poetry Magazine; Smashed Cake Review (Sidereal Journal); Jotters United Lit-zine; Eleventh Transmission; East Jasmine Review; Agave Magazine; Coe Review; Ikleftiko; Blue Heron Review; Fragrance Poetry Magazine; Nebo: A Literary Journal; Magnolia Review; The Idiom Magazine; VerseWrights; Pulsar Poetry Webzine; Venus in Scorpio Poetry E-Zine ; Electric Windmill Press; Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine; Birmingham Arts Journal; Ginosko Literary Journal; Stepping Stones Magazine; ken*again; Section 8 Magazine; blackmail press; Poems and Poetry; Medusa’s Kitchen; The Poet Community; The Stare’s Nest; Black Mirror Magazine; Cahaba River Literary Journal; Poetry Life & Times; Eunoia Review; New Mystics; Tuck Magazine; Bond Street Review; Dali’s Lovechild; Clockwise Cat; JuxtaProse Literary Magazine; Indiana Voice Journal; Tower Journal; Cyclamens and Swords; Ygdrasil – A Journal of the Poetic Arts; Eye On Life; Sentinel Literary Quarterly; Eskimo Pie; Novelmasters; Your One Phone Call; The Indus Streams; Of/with; Down in the Dirt; Morphrog; Snapping Twig; The VGP Literate; The Open Mouse; Think Pink, Pink.Girl.Ink Press; Yellow Chair Review; See Spot Run Literary Magazine; Change Seven Magazine; Calliope Magazine; Dissident Voice; RoguePoetry; Social Justice Poetry; The Miscreant; Mystic Nebula; Cosmonauts Avenue; WritingRaw; The Commonline Journal; The Otter; The Missing Slate; Shot Glass Journal; Poetry Quarterly; The Furious Gazelle; FishFood Magazine; Straylight Online; Black Poppy Review; Sonder Magazine; Blue Door Quarterly; Cavalcade of Stars; The Seventh Quarry; Sonic Boom; Remarkable Doorways Literary Magazine; Mothers Always Write; A New Ulster; Whispers…; The Provo Canyon Review; The Piker Press; Nothing. No One. Nowhere.; The Fat Damsel; Winamop; Aji Magazine; CharyaPod; Nazar Look; the chicago record magazine; The Voices Project; Poetryrepairs; Rasputin; Upender; The song is…; Viral Cat; Siren; Elephant Journal; Prachya Review; LiteraryYard; The Sygyzy Poetry Journal; Street Art Everywhere; The Corner Club Press; The Creativity Webzine; Rusted Rose Poetry Forum; SpinRock Reader Lit Forum; Bold Monkey; Wizards of Words, Poetrydig, The Penwood Review; Lunar Lit; SilverSpine Poetry Forum; Profiles in Poetry Literary Zine; Imaginary Conversations Lit; Malevolent Pegasus Literary Zine; Dark Blooms Literary Zine; Gossamer Poetry; Tangerine Heart Poetry Zine; TwitchFit Lit Writing Zine; Mechanical Medusa Poetry Forum; Vine Figure Poetry Page; Stone Face Literary Zine; Junk in July Poetry Zine; Grease Monkey Literary Forum; Dog Is Wearing Pants Literary Page; Mount Parable Poetry Forum; The Stray Branch; VerbalArt; Spilt Ink Poetry; Inscribed Museum Literary Zine; Green King Poems and Poetry Zine; Peedeel’s Blog; Minerva’s Housecoat Writing Forum; Creek Side Writing Forum; Temporary Lunatic Literary Zine; Rocket Boy Poetry Page; Indie Poets Indeed; Words Surfacing; Calvary Cross; Dual Coast Magazine; Creative Talents Unleashed; Little Voice Leaping; Quail Bell Magazine; DogStar Poetry Zine; Duane’s PoeTree; The Neglected Ratio; Art Villa; The Peregrine Muse; Asian Signature; Keep Poems Alive; Green Panda Press; Anti-Heroin Chic; Random Poem Tree; Scarlet Leaf Review; Tiny Moments, anthology, Pringmill Media Corp.; The Chaffey Review; The Literary Nest; The Wagon Magazine; Degenerate Literature; Zaira Journal; Packington Review; The Beatnik Cowboy; Setu Magazine; The Blue Mountain Review; Ink In Thirds; Peacock Journal (website and anthology); Stay Weird and Keep Writing Publishing; GloMag; Strange POEtry; Episteme; In Between Hangovers; Spirit Fire Review; Sick Lit Magazine; FoxGlove Journal; Low Word; Big City Lit; Stanzaic Stylings; CultureCult Magazine; AWS Publishing; 1947, a literary journal; Synchronized Chaos; TreeHouse Arts; Communicators League
Other poetry books:
Common Dream published by Edge Unlimited (1991); Somewhere Falling, published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book (1995).
Four chapbooks published under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain: Jumana (poetic prose) – published by The Plowman (1989); Perfect Love (poetic prose) – published by The Plowman (1989); Before the Dawn (poetry) – published by The Plowman (1989); Joshua’s Shoulder (poetry) – published by The Plowman (1989).
Most of my recently published poems are published on this site. However, many of my earlier published poems are not. Some of the earlier published poems were published under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain.
Common Dream, Edge Unlimited (1991)
Somewhere Falling, Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book (1995)
Journey of the Awakening, Edge Unlimited Publishing (1997)
The Longing to Be, Edge Unlimited Publishing (1998)
Death and Other Possibilities, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2000)
Outliving the Inevitable, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2002)
Into My Mortal, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2004)
Red thread – Black thread, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2006)
The Many Lights of Eden, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2009)
Pushing Through The Jelly Fire, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2010)
The River is Blind, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2012)
Seamless – A Collection of Love Poems, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2012)
If I Get There – Poems of Faith and Doubt, a collection, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2012)
Wallpaper Stars, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2013)
For Every Rain – a collection of early poems, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2013)
Jumana and Perfect Love – two poetic prose pieces, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2013)
Walkways, Edge Unlimited Publishing (2014)
As My Blindness Burns – three long poems (2014)
Our Children Are Orchards – collect poems about animals, children and pregnancy (2015)
E- chapbook published October 2014:
Surrogate Dharma – Barometric Pressures Author Series, Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014
The River is Blind, above/ground press (2012)
Jumana, The Plowman, published under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain (1989)
Perfect Love, The Plowman, published under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain (1989)
Before the Dawn, The Plowman, published under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain (1989)
Joshua’s Shoulder, The Plowman, published under the pseudonym of Jocelyn Kain (1989)
A breakdown of published poems and their links:
(Please note: Not all poems have links, as some published poems are from publications that are only print editions and/or are not posted on Allison Grayhurst’s website.)
Wascana Review – Volume 29, Number 1; one poem, spring 1994
The Antigonish Review – Issue 89, one poem, 1989
Dalhousie Review – Volume 71, Number 4; one poem, winter 1991/1992
White Wall Review – two issues; two poems, 1992, 1997
Exile – Volume 9, Number 1; one poem, spring 1997
The New Quarterly – two poems, winter 1993
The Cape Rock – 30th Anniversary Issue, one poem, fall 1994
Writer’s Quarterly – one poem, 1991
UC Review – two poem, 1996/1997
Existere – Volume 12, Issue One; two poems, 1991
Hook & Ladder – Volume 2, Number 4; one poem, 1997
Pennine Platform – Number 42; two poems, 1997
Sepia 55 – one poem, December 1997
Seeds – Volume 4, Issue 1; one poem – 1997
Jones Av. – 1/1; 1/2; two poems, March 1994, July 1994
Afterthoughts – Issue 10, Volume 4, Number 1; one poem, spring 1997
Oh! Magazine – one poem, fall 1996
Psychopoetica – Volume 33; one poem, 1996
SKAZ – Number 1; one poem, 1992
Poetry WLU; two issues; The Erratica Edition; three poems, 1989, 1990, 1991
Prophetic Voices – An International Literary Journal – one poem, 1995;
Alternative Press Magazine – Issue Six; one poem, 1991
Minus Tides – Volume 7, Number 2; one poem, winter 1994/1995
CRASH – Issue 1; Issue 7; Issue 5; three poems and one poetry-prose piece; 1993
Mother of Thyme – Volume 2, Number 4; Volume 2, Number 2; two poems, 1992
Next Exit – Issue 18, Visionary Issue; Issue 21; three poems, 1991, 1993
Alias – Issue 20; one poem, 1994
Braquemard – Issue 4; one poem, 1994
Schrodinger’s Cat – Volume One, Issue Two; two poems, fall 1996
Oasis – Number 80; two poems, September 1996
Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry – Number 3; four poems, 1993
Spokes – Issue 26; one poem, 1995
**Harvest – three poems; spring 1996
Reach – two issues; two poems, January – March 1994 and July- August- September 1994
**the prisoner – Number 2; one poem, spring 1993
Poetry Nottingham International – Volume 50, Number 1; one poem, Spring 1996
Envoi – Issue 113; two poems, 1996
Written in the Skin – an anthology; one poem, January 1998
**Asylum – one poem, 1993
Drift – Issue 82; three poems, 1996
New Hope International Writing – Volume 18, Number 2; one poem, 1995
Reflections – Issue 23; two poems, 1995
The Plowman – many different issues; ten poems, 1997, 1998
**The Muse Journal – Volume 2, Issue 4; Volume 2, Issue 3; two poems, 1993
**Crescent Moon Publishing – one poem, 1991
Purple Patch – Number 650; one poem, 1996
A Joyful Noise, Anthology – Volume III; one poem, 1991
Poetry Halifax Dartmouth – Number 42; two poems; October 1991
**Pen & Keyboard Magazine – one poem, 1993
**Pagan America – an Anthology of New American Poetry – one poem, 1994
Subtle Fires – anthology – two poems, 1994
Poetry and Audience – Volume 36, Number 2; two poems, winter 1994/1995
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre Newsletter – Volume XV, Number 15; one poem, 1989
**Spiritual Quest Publishing; one poem, 1994
Wheel Magazine – Issue No. 5; one poem, 1995
The Affiliate, two issues Issue 0114, Issue 115; two poems, 1995, 1997
**AlphaBeat Soup – one poem, 1989
Print Verite – Issue 4; one poem, 1994
JVC Poetry Newsletter – Volume 1, Number 4; Volume 1, Number 5; Volume 1, Number 6; Volume 1, Number 7; Volume 1, Number 9; five poems, 1989, 1990
The Amethyst Review – Volume 1, Number 2; three poems; 1993
Zygote – Volume 4, Issue 2; one poem, 1997
*South – one poem, 1992
First Offense – Issue 10; four poems, 1996
*Never Bury Poetry – one poem; 1994
Writer’s Lifeline – Number 2; one poem, 1992
Poet’s Podium – one poem, 1996
*Surface & Symbol – Volume 3, Number 8; Volume 6, Number 8; three poems, 1991 and 1994
Beneath the Surface, McMaster Creative Writing – two issues; five poems, winter 1990/1991
*Carousel – one poem, 1995
Pawn to Infinity – two poems, 1994
Buddhist Poetry Review – Issue 2; two poems, 2011
Bewildering Stories – Issues 446; 448; 451; 453; 454; five poems, 2011
Quantum Poetry Review – one poem, 2011
Indigo Rising – Issue 22 – two poems; 2011
Message in a Bottle Poetry Magazine – Issue 12; three poems, 2011
vox poetica – one poem, 2011
Subliminal Interiors – two poems, September 2011
Both Sides Now – Issue 125-126; five poems, 2013
BEATKINK – two poems, 2011
madswirl.com – one poem, 2011
Decanto – Issues 57, 58; two poem, 2012
Fogged Clarity – one poem, 2011
Greensilk Journal – Issue Poetry 3; two poems, fall 2011
Leaf Garden Press – five poems, 2011
Pirene’s Fountain – Issue 11; one poem, 2012
cur.ren.cy – one poem, 2012
Right Hand Pointing- one poem, 2012
Poetic Licence – Issue 47; one poem, 2012
Parabola – Issue ‘Alone & Together’; one poem, summer 2012
Gloom Cupboard – Issue 139; one poem; 2011
Misfits Miscellany – five poems, 2012
Foliate Oak – five poems, March 2012
PoetryMagazine.com – Vol. XIII, No. 2; five poems; fall 2011
Abramelin – one poem, 2012
Studio Journal – Issue Number 126; one poem, 2013
Out of Our – Issue 13; two poems, 2012
Extract(s) – Magazine and Anthology ‘Poems & Stories 2012’, one poem; 2012
Bursting Plethora of Rainbow Colors – Issue No. 1; five poems; 2012
Taj Mahal Review – Volume 11, Number 1; one poem, June 2012
Whisper – five poems, 2012
The Writer’s Literary Muse – five poems, 2012
B-Gina Review – five poems, 2012
InnerChildPress Anthology – one poem, 2012
The Toronto Quarterly – Issue Nine; one poem, 2012
The Write Room – three poems, 2012
The Weary Blues – Issue 3; two poems, 2012
The Artistic Muse/Poehemians, Issue 1 – two poems, September 2012
The Screech Owl – The Apple Tree, 2012/2013; Issue One Anthology; Issue Two Anthology; Issue Three Anthology; five poems, 2013, 2014
Veil: Journal of Darker Musings – Issue 10; one poem, 2012
Split Lip Magazine – Issue 6; one poem, 2013
The Fat City Review – one poem, 2013
New Binary Press Anthology – Volume I; five poems, 2012
Nostrovia! Poetry’s Milk and Honey Siren anthology; Nostrovia! poetry blog – three poems, 2012
Torrid Literature, Evolution Anthology, Vol. V – two poems, 2013
Torrid Literature, Erosion Anthology, Vol. VI – one poem, 2013
The Entroper – one poem, 2012
Pocket Thoughts – Issue 1; one poem, 2013
Ayris – one poem, 2013
Leaves of Ink – two poems, 2013
Triage Monthly (now called The Journal of Applied Poetics) – Issue Two; one poem, 2012
The Blue Hour – two poems, 2012
Lit Up Magazine – one poem, 2013
The Poetry Jar – five poems, 2013;
Dead Snakes – three poems, 2013
Daily Love – two poems, 2013
Northern Cardinal Review – two poems, 2013
Sprout – Issue 21, Faith; one poem, 2013
Carcinogenic Poetry – three poems, 2013
South Florida Arts Journal – two poems, 2013
Pyrokinection – three poems, 2013, 2014
Storm Cycle 2014 – one poem, August 2015
The Blind Vigil Revue – three poems, 2013
The Camel Saloon – one poem, 2013
POETiCA – one poem, spring 2013
Gris-Gris – two poems, 2014
Bigger Stones – one poem, 2013
Poetry Pacific – three poems, 2013
Ann Arbor Review – Issue 12; two poems, fall 2013
Poppy Road Review – one poem, 2013
Mind(less) Muse – three poems, 2013
Crack the Spine – Issue 64; Summer 2013 Anthology; one poem, 2013
Kalkion – five poems, 2013
Long Story Short – one poem, September 2013
Kritya Poetry Journal– Poetry In Our Time; four poems, 2013;
Wilderness House Literary Review – Volume 8, Number 2; three poems, 2013
Bareback Magazine – one poem, June 2013
Boston Poetry Magazine – fourteen poems, 2013, 2014
Blue Fifth Review – Blue Five Notebook; one poem, February 2014
Jumping Blue Gods – four poems, 2013
Full of Crow – one poem, July 2013
Miracle E-zine – Issue 6, The Music; one poem, 2013
Decades Review – Issue 8; one poem, 2013
Ancient Heart Magazine – one poem, 2013
Subprimal Poetry Art – Issue 1, Visions; one poem, 2013
The Muse – An International Journal of Poetry – Volume 3, Issue 1; five poems, 2013
The Milo Review – Volume 1, Issue 2; two poems, fall 2013
Blue Lake Review – one poem, July 2013
Collective Exile – two poems, 2013
Poems About Life – Deep Poems About Time and Voice; two poems, 2013
Poetry Nook Magazine – one poem, September 2013
Blast Furnace – Volume 3, Issue 3; one poem, 2013
Straylight Literary Magazine – Volume 7.2; one poem, 2014
The Brooklyn Voice – October 2013; February 2014; two poems, 2013, 2014
Bare Hands Poetry – Issue 18; one poem, 2013
Anchor & Plume Press | Kindred Magazine – Issue Five, Nest; two poems, 2014
Underground Books, The Kitchen Poet – five poems, 2014
Walking Is Still Honest – one poem, 2014
Ehanom Review – one poem, 2014
Oddball Magazine! – one poem, 2014
Record Magazine – five poems, 2014
Writers Haven – Verse Land – four poems, 2014
Jellyfish Whispers – one poem, 2014
Storm Cellar – Volume III, Number 2; one poem, March 2014
Iron Gall Press – one poem, March 2014
Lake City Lights – Issue 10; one poem, March 2014
Crisis Chronicles Press – two poems, spring 2014
The Tophat Raven – two poems, March, 2014
The American Aesthetic – one poem, spring 2014
poeticdiversity: the litzine of Los Angeles – Volume 11, number 1; one poem, April 2014
Drunk Monkeys – one poem, 2014
Gutter Eloquence Magazine, Issue 30 – one poem, April 2014
Contemporary Poetry – An Anthology of Present Day Best Poems – one poem, April 2014
The Galway Review – five poems, May 2014
The Bijou Poetry Review – one poem, May 2014
Napalm and Novocain – three poems, May 2014
Storm Cycle 2013, Best of Kind of a Hurricane Press anthology two poems, 2014
Literary Orphans Journal – one poem, May 2014
The Bitchin’ Kitsch, Volume 5, Issue 5; Volume 5, Issue 7; Volume 5, Issue 8; Volume 5, Issue 9 – four poems; June 2014, July 2014, August 2014, September 2014
The Undertow Review – Issue Dreaming in Phosphene – two poems, May 2014
The Continuist – five poems, June 2014, 2015
Wax Poetry and Art Magazine, Volume 3, Number 5 – five poems, June 2014
Fine Flu Journal – two poems, June 2014
Tic Toc Anthology – one poem, June 2014
Turk’s Head Review – one poem, July 2014
Guwahatian – five poems: August 2014, Volume one, Issue 8; September 2014, Volume one, Issue 9; October 2014, Volume 1, Issue 10; November 2014, Volume 1, Issue 11; December 2014, Volume 1, Issue 12
The Muse – An International Journal of Poetry June 2014 – one 16-part poem, June 2014 Issue, Volume 4, Number 1
Cartagena Journal – one poem, Issue 3, Summer 2014
Ink Sweat & Tears – one poem, September 2014
Far Enough East – one poem, Issue 6, September 2014
Jotters United Lit-zine- two poems, fall 2014
Literature Today – one poem, September 2014
Allegro Poetry Magazine – one poem, October 2014
Greensilk Journal – one poem, October 2014
Poetry Salzburg Review, Issue 26 – two poems, Autumn 2014
First Literary Review-East – one poem, November 2014
VIMFIREmagazine – one poem
East Jasmine Review – Volume 2, Issue 3, one poem, December 2014
River Poets Journal – Volume 8, Issue 3, one poem, December 2014
Coe Review – Volume 45, Issue 1, one poem, 2014/2015
Smashed Cake Review (Sidereal Journal), Issue 1 – two poems, fall 2014
Subprimal Poetry Art, Issue 3, Doorways and Revelations, Winter 2014 – one poem
Nebo: A Literary Journal, Volume 33, No. 1, Fall 2014 – one poem
Kritya Poetry Journal, Poetry In Our Time – four poems, January 2015
Ikleftiko – one poem, January 2015
The Idiom Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 1 – one poem, January 2015
The Magnolia Review, Volume 1, Issue 1, January 2015 – one poem
VerseWrights – eight poems (five poems, January 2015, one poem, March 2015, two poems June 2015), March 2016
Literature Today, Volume 2 – one poem
Eleventh Transmission, Issue one, February 2015- five poems
Venus in Scorpio Poetry E-Zine – three poems, February 2015
Pulsar #74, Pulsar Poetry Webzine #22 – one poem, March 2015
Blue Heron Review, Issue 3 – one poem, Winter 2015
Section 8 Magazine, March 2015, four poems
Agave Magazine, Vol. 2 Issue 3 – one poem, Winter 2015
Poems and Poetry – two poems, March 2015, May 2015
The Poet Community – two poems, March 2015, May 2015
Medusa’s Kitchen – six poems, March 2015
Tuck Magazine – two poems, March 2015
ken*again, Vol. 16, No. 1 – three poems, Spring 2015
Blackmail Press, Issue 39 – four poems, March 2015
The Stare’s Nest – two poems, March 2015
Cahaba River Literary Journal, Volume 1, Issue 1 April/May 2015 – one poem
Dali’s Lovechild – one poem, April 2015
Ygdrasil – A Journal of the Poetic Arts, VOL XXIII, Issue 4, Number 264
– five poems, April 2015
JuxtaProse Literary Magazine – two poems, April 2015
Black Mirror Magazine – three poems, April 2015
Cyclamens and Swords – two poems, April 2015
Eye On Life – three poems, April 2015
Novelmasters – five poems, April 2015
Poetry Life & Times – one long poem
Nomad’s Choir Poetry Journal – one poem, April 2015, Volume 23 Issue 2
Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, Issue 5 – one poem, April 2015
New Mystics – five poems, April 2015
Birmingham Arts Journal, Volume 12 Issue 1 – April 2015 – one poem
Down in the Dirt, Volume 132 – one poem, October 2015 and online Scars Publication April 2015 “Hello Goodbye” and “Sunlight in the Sanctuary”, anthology, November 2015, and “The Intersection” anthology, November 2015
Snapping Twig – two poems, April 2015
The VGP Literate, No. 14 – one poem, April 2015
Indiana Voice Journal, Issue 10 – three poems, May 2015
Think Pink, Issue 2, Pink.Girl.Ink. Press – six poems, May 2015
See Spot Run Literary Magazine – one poem, March 2015
Yellow Chair Review – one poem, June 2015
Social Justice Poetry – one poem, May 2015
Dissident Voice – two poems, May 2015
Tower Journal, Volume 7, Number 2 – one poem, June 2015
Ginosko Literary Journal, Issue 16 – spring 2015- five poems
Fragrance Poetry Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 1 – one poem, May 2015
The Missing Slate – one poem May 2105
The Commonline Journal – one poem, May, 2015
Change Seven Magazine, Issue 1.2 Summer 2015 – two poems, June 2015
WritingRaw – five poems, June 2015
Stepping Stones Magazine – two poems, June 2015 and August 2015
FishFood Magazine – one poem, June 2015
Shot Glass Journal, Issue 16 – two poems
Eunoia Review – seven poems, June 2015
The Open Mouse – one poem, June 2015
Black Poppy Review, two poems, June 2015
Sonder Magazine – three poems, June 2015
Poetry Quarterly, Issue 21 – one poem, June 2015
Clockwise Cat, Issue 31, Clockcat Orange – two poems, Summer 2015
The Furious Gazelle – five poems, June 2015
Blue Door Quarterly, Volume 1.2 Winter 2015, March 2015
Literature Today, Volume 3 – one poem
The Otter – one poem, June 2015
The American Aesthetic, Volume 3 Summer 2015 – one poem, June 2015
Eskimo Pie – five poems, July 2015
Torrid Literature Journal Volume XV, July 2015– two poems
Calliope Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 7, Summer 2015 –one poem, July 2015
Morphrog, Issue 11, sister publication of The Frogmore Papers- one poem, July 2015
The Miscreant – four poems, Issue 6, July 2015
Your One Phone Call – three poems, July 2015
Whispers – one poem, July 2015
The Provo Canyon Review, Volume 3, Issue 3, Summer 2015 – one poem, July 2015
Novelmasters – five poems, July 2015
The Galway Review – five poems, July 2015
Sonic Boom, Issue 3 – one poem, August 2015
A New Ulster – five poems, Issue 35, August 2015
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The Bond Street Review – one poem, Summer 2015
The Piker Press- five poems, August, September, October, November, December 2015
Nazar Look, Year 5, Issue 44, September 2015
Dead Snakes – three poems, August 2015
the chicago record magazine– five poems, August 2015 and two of the five poems in Wicked Sixe’s, Fall 2015
Mothers Always Write – one poem, August 2015
The Fat Damsel, Issue 4, Part 1 – one poem
Medusa’s Kitchen – five poems, August 2015
Rasputin: A Poetry Thread – three poems, August 2015
Upender – one poem, September 7, 2015
Cosmonauts Avenue 1.8 – one poem, Summer 2015
Storm Cycle, Best of 2014 anthology – one poem
Winamop- five poems, September 2015
Siren, Issue 7, Summer 2015 – one poem, September, 2015
Nothing. No One. Nowhere., Volume 2, Number 1 – one poem, September 2015
RoguePoetry Review 2015 – one poem, September 2015
Straylight Online – one poem, September 2015
Tuck Magazine – two poems, September 2015
Viral Cat- three poems, Fall 2015
Quail Bell Magazine – one poem, November 2015
Prachya Review – two poems, September 2015 and December 2015
Of/with, Issue 3 – one poem, September 2015
LiteraryYard – three poems, September 2015
Elephant Journal one poem – September, 2015
Whispers . . . – one poem, September 2015
Poetry Life & Times- one poem, September/October 2015
Contemporary Poetry Volume 2 – one poem, September 2015
Calliope Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 10 – one poem, October 2015
Indiana Voice Journal, Issue 15 – three poems, October 2015
The Sygyzy Poetry Journal, Volume 1, Number 2, The Red Supermoon Issue – five poems, October 2015
The Creativity Webzine, Volume 1, Number 10 – three poems, October 2015
Rusted Rose Poetry Forum – six poems, October 2015 and November 2015
SpinRock Reader Lit Forum – six poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Bold Monkey – four poems, October 2015
Lunar Lit Poetry Page– six poems, October 2015 and November 2015
SilverSpine Poetry Forum – five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Profiles in Poetry Literary Zine – six poems, October 2015 and November 2015 and short interview, October 2015
Imaginary Conversations Lit – five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Malevolent Pegasus Literary Zine – fsix poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Dark Blooms Literary Zine – seven poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Gossamer Poetry Page– five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Tangerine Heart Poetry Zine – six poems, October 2015 and November 2015
TwitchFit Lit Writing Zine – five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Mechanical Medusa Poetry Forum – five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Vine Figure Poetry Page – six poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Stone Face Literary Zine – five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Junk in July Poetry Zine – four poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Grease Monkey Literary Forum – six poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Dog Is Wearing Pants Literary Page – four poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Mount Parable Poetry Forum – five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
MadSwirl – one poem, October 2015
Inscribed Museum Literary Zine – five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Green King Poems and Poetry Zine- five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Minerva’s Housecoat Writing Forum – six poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Creek Side Writing Forum – six poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Eye On Life Magazine – five poems, November 2015
Temporary Lunatic Literary Zine – five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Rocket Boy Poetry Page – five poems, October 2015 and November 2015
Indie Poets Indeed – eight poems, October 2015 and November 2015
The Corner Club Press Quarterly, Volume 4, Issue 18 and Volume 5, Issue 19 – two poems, Fall 2015 and January 2016
Spilt Ink Poetry – one poem, November 2015
Indiana Voice Journal, The Grace Issue #16 – three poems, November 2015
Calvary Cross – three poems, November 2015
Little Voice Leaping – two poems, November 2015
The Penwood Review, Volume 19, Number 2 – two poems, Fall 2015
Quail Bell Magazine – one poem, November 2015
DogStar Poetry Zine- one poem, November 2015
The song is… – five poems, November 2015
Whispers… – one poem, November 2015
Leaves of Ink – three poems, November and December 2015
Duane’s PoeTree – seven poems, eleven sculptures, November 2015, December 2015, January 2016
Indus Streams – one poem, November 2015
VerbalArt, Volume 1, Number 2 – one poem, December 2015
The Neglected Ratio – one poem, December 2015
The Voices Project – one poem, December 17, 2015
PoetryMagazine.com – five poems, December 2015
The Peregrine Muse – eight poems, December 2015
Wizards of Words, Poetrydig – one poem, January 2016
Poetryrepairs, #220 and #224 – five poems, January 2016 and May 2016 and July 2016
Keep Poems Alive – one poem, January 2016
Asian Signature, Issue 3, Volume 3 – five poems, January 2016
Cavalcade of Stars – five poems, February, March and April 2016
Dual Coast Magazine, Issue 3 – one poem, February 2016
Sentinel Literary Quarterly – three poems, February 2016
Anti-Heroin Chic Magazine- three poems, February 2016
Random Poem Tree – one poem, February 2016
Green Panda Press – A bouquet of flowers, anthologise 2016 – one poem, January 2016
Degenerate Literature, Issue 1, Spring 2016- two poems, March 2016
Tiny Moments, anthology, Pringmill Media Corp. – two poems, March 2016
Straylight Literary Arts Magazine, Volume 9.2 Fall 2015– one poem, April 2016
The Wagon Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 1 – four poems, April 2016
The Literary Nest, Volume 2, Issue 1 – one poem, April 2016
Zaira Journal, 2 – one poem, April 2016
Scarlet Leaf Review – five poems, April 2016
Peedeel’s Blog – two poems, April 2016
Strong Illuminaion Arts – one sculpture, April 2016
Aji Magazine, Issue 4 – two poems, Spring 2016, May, 2016
Creative Talents Unleashed – five poems, May and June 2016, July 2016, August 2016
The Seventh Quarry, Issue 24- three poems, Summer 2016
The Chaffey Review, Volume XIV – two poems
Poems accepted and pending publication:
The Stray Branch – five poems, Fall/Winter 2016
Words Surfacing – three poems
Packington Review, Volume 8 – one poem Spring 2017
Interview on Scarlet Leaf Review (September 2016)
Scarlet Leaf Review, September 10, 2016
Interview with Kyp Harness and Allison Grayhurst (May 2016)
Kyp Harness: I am from Sarnia, Ontario, and I’ve made 13 independent albums of my original songs that have about 200 songs on them, and I also create Mortimer the Slug, a webcomic, which I have been doing for about 3 years. I have written two books, published by McFarland in the US, ‘The Art of Laurel and Hardy’ and ‘The Art of Charlie Chaplin’. My novel ‘Wigford Rememberies’ will be published by Nightwood Editions in May 2016; www.kypharness.net; http://www.mortimertheslugcomic.com
Allison Grayhurst: I am a vegan. I live in Toronto with my family. I am a member of the League of Canadian Poets. Three of my poems have been nominated for Sundress Publications “Best of the Net” 2015, and I have over 850 poems published in more than 375 international journals and anthologies. I have published twelve books of poetry, six collections, and eight chapbooks, and another chapbook “Currents” pending publication. I also sculpt, working with clay; www.allisongrayhurst.com
DV: How did both of you get started in your creative lives, especially in the word game?
KH: I’ve been writing stories and drawing pictures almost since I can first remember. I’ve also always written songs in my head.
AG: Writing and an appreciation of language has always been a part of my life, as both of my parents were writers/journalists. Writing just seemed like a natural way of expression to me from the beginning. When I was around five we moved to Spain for a year so my father could work on a novel. My mother and I would write stories together when I was in elementary school, though I didn’t start writing poetry until my first year of high school. I started sculpting and working in clay in my early 20s, and had a phenomenal teacher/mentor and friend in the late Elizabeth Fraser Williamson.
DV: So you both got started very early, to the point where it was almost a biological development. Was there ever a time when either of you became jaded about the communication process and seriously considered doing something else with your lives?
AG: No, for me, writing poetry is like eating, an essential part of my well-being and existence. I don’t like the publishing part of writing and stopped publishing for fifteen years – part of those reasons were practical – raising our two children – but during that time I always wrote and always planned to get that work out in book form. Yes, often I have felt the futility of being a poet and it has arrested my ability to create, but in the end I have learned that if I am going to continue on, I have to write.
KH: Yes, sometimes it gets discouraging and the only reason I keep doing it is because inspiration keeps coming to me, whether it’s about writing or drawing or singing or playing….otherwise I wouldn’t do it, because I sure wouldn’t try to make things happen creatively. I’ve accepted that I don’t really seem to have a choice, and if I try to stifle inspiration it only makes me unhappy and sick, so I just let it go.
DV: Allison, you’ve obviously been a publishing success. What was it about the “publishing part of writing” that turned you off?
AG: I am a very private person and I don’t like putting myself out there or being exposed. I’d rather not, but it is a duty I owe to my art, so I did what I felt compelled to do, as a part of me feels that the completion of art only comes when sharing it.
DV: You’re both multi-talented — poetry, prose, sculpture, music, cartoons — but if for some reason, Apollo’s jealous retribution for overweening hubris or some such, you could only practice one art exclusively, which one would it be?
KH: I guess if I were forced to pick one it would be music since you can always get an instantaneous reaction from music, and through the years that I’ve been writing other stuff, which can often be a long slog, the music has kept me going just by playing it, and playing it with and for other people.
AG: I enjoy sculpting, get a lot out of it and inspiration from it, but I don’t have to do it, and I have had to let it go at different times for extended periods of my life. Writing poetry for me is an integral part of myself and an ongoing necessity, so I would choose that.
DV: Do you remember your first “successful” piece? (I don’t mean commercially successful or popular among your circle — I mean the first one that succeeded in inner terms of self-satisfaction that it had been done “right.”) Would it still pass the self-approval test today?
KH: No not, really — they’re all successful to me, otherwise I wouldn’t have written them. I can think of a lot of failures I’ve abandoned or thrown away — but if I’ve completed them, they’re successes.
DV: Kyp, in your estimation, what’s the ration between “keepers” and “losers”? Has your throwaway rate changed much over the years?
KH: Most of my time I’ve continued to write and write and write, and I let the stuff that I remember stay on. If I forget it I figure it’s not worth remembering and I let it be forgotten. I do think more of my stuff is keep-worthy now as I get older because I’m more focused and know what I want more, maybe.
AG: The first success I had as a writer was when I found my voice. It was during the process of writing a poetic-prose novel when I was nineteen. I still have it in a filing cabinet. Everything I wrote before that I’ve gotten rid of. I would never publish it, and I haven’t looked at it for many years, but there are probably small parts of it (with much editing) that I would be artistically proud of.
DV: Allison, what was it about? Do its themes still continue through your current work? Has your voice changed?
AG: It was called Letters To.. It was a series of poetic love letters to a person, but in actuality they were letters to God. My voice has evolved, changed, undergone many transformations, but it is still the same voice, coming from the same place within me, and all my work remains to and for, and ultimately, about God.
DV: Having a shared artistic interest probably strengthens your marriage in many ways, but I imagine that there must be times when your individual artistic obsessions and tensions must be counter-productive as well? Do either of you have any examples of this that you wouldn’t mind sharing?
AG: I fell in love with Kyp when I first heard him perform his song “Wandering Heart,” and listening to his new creations always catches my breath in wonderment. In my estimation, Kyp is in the top few greatest artists that have ever lived, and sharing this life with him is a consistent blessing and inspiration for me as a person and as an artist.
KH: Nothing has ever been counter-productive in my relationship with Allison. She’s one of the greatest artists and greatest humans ever, so it’s a privilege to live and work beside her, plus she seems to be as insane as I am.
AG: I honestly can’t say that being artists has ever been counter-productive to our marriage. We have been together for 27 years and I have always honored and admired Kyp as an artist and all of his creative works. Throughout the years, even while raising young children, I have felt the same respect afforded to me. In fact, being artists in some way is the pulse of our relationship, and in many ways, it keeps us both alive as individuals, as well as our love.
DV: Kyp, you refer to yourselves as being “insane,” but in this conversation you seem to be more sane than most couples — and certainly most artists — that I know. So, what kind of insanity are you referring to?
KH: I guess the insanity is being sane in an insane world or insane in a sane world. Either way, I don’t much care.
DV: Are all of your children artistic too?
AG: We have two children, our oldest is 18. She is multi-talented in film, photography and writing, and is also strongly interested in politics. She attended a high school for the arts and is now in her first year at university majoring in film. Our son is 14 and is also attending a high school for the arts, with a focus on drama and visual arts. His most recent passions and pursuits have been archery and kung-fu.
DV: I’d like to give you both an opportunity to talk about your work processes, in some detail. Do you treat your art like a profession, with a regular daily schedule and routine? Do you just wait to be guided by inspiration? Is it mainly a matter of “spontaneous creation” or a long process of pre-planning and extensive revision? Or, for you, is the process something else entirely?
AG: My journey with writing poetry has spanned over decades and my process has undergone many changes. I started writing poetry in high school during classes, then mostly at donut shops or in my room. When my children were young or I had to go to work early, I would wake up at 5 am to get time in before the household got up. Mostly and recently I write when walking my dog. I used to write every day. It was a necessity but also a discipline. Now, I wait for the absolute need to write. Sometimes it happens at inconvenient times – making dinner, in the shower, when trying to fall asleep, etc. Sometimes I write daily, sometimes a week can pass. For a while, I tried to force myself to stop writing, to halt the inspiration and ignore the words in my head, but it ended up making me feel spiritually and physical ill. Now, I really don’t care when I write, it happens often but nothing routine. I usually write in the mornings, always long hand with pen and paper, stick it in a drawer, edit it in long hand until I type it up and edit it a bit again. The last batch of poems I wrote took about six months before I put them on my computer. In terms of editing, I do edit my work, but it is not an intellectual endeavour for me. Writing for me is a visceral process, and hopefully the poem has a rhythm and life of its own – if that is not there, the poem gets trashed. Poems come to me whole and quickly, if they need editing it is usually in small amounts for clarity sake or grammatical corrections. I keep only about one tenth of what I write.
KH: I just wait until it comes. I used to try and force things but that doesn’t work for me and often just made me pissed off…so I just wait until it gets going, and then sometimes later I might have to force it and work at it to get it finished, but in a way that’s the easy part.
DV: Since you both do more than one type of art, is the process the same for all of them? Allison, is sculpting an extension of writing poetry, in terms of how you approach it, or something completely different? Kyp, I see more of a continuity between writing and music, but what about between cartooning and music?
KH: It’s all just writing in one form or another, since it’s all about ideas….ideas you put into drawn lines, or notes of music, or into a dance. The form the art takes is not that important.
AG: Sculpting is something I do, but being a poet is an integral part of my being. I sculpt when I am inspired to. It takes months to finish a piece, and it requires a lot of patience on my part. It is like a sensual meditation. At times I have sculpted daily, at other times there are long stretches when I don’t sculpt at all.
DV: You’ve both identified your chief artistic mode of expression as being part of your essence, your very being. How did you branch out from the soul-synonymous art you’ve always done into some new, and different, medium?
KH: No, I said it’s all the same ….it’s about ideas, whether they come through movement, singing, drawing, writing or whatever. If you’re an artist it doesn’t matter how they come out.
AG: For me, sculpting offered another form to express creativity when I wasn’t writing. I was drawn to the tactile and grounding nature of working with clay.
DV: In your various artistries, do you have any guides, role models? Specifically, what have you learned from them?
KH: My earliest guide was Walt Disney. then he was replaced by Laurel and Hardy…and they were replaced by James Joyce…then he was replaced by John Lennon and Bob Dylan , who was replaced by Dostoevsky and Henry Miller, with garnishes of Kerouac and Faulkner and Virginia Woolf on the side…and overall the poetry of William Blake and Jesus rained down on them — and in reality none of them ever replaced the other, but joined in a nurturing web of soul and brilliance, that taught me to how to see, and taught me who was doing the seeing, and what was being seen…Until now, when I have no guides and role models.
AG: As a writer my first and only mentor was Dostoevsky. I found him when I was 16 and his work resonated intimately with me, showing me the transformative powers of language. He taught me ruthless honesty, but above all, the necessity of spiritual commitment in art. My second mentor came as my teacher and friend Elizabeth. She was a great sculptor and a formidable woman – fiercely independent, solitary and never relinquishing her joy in artistic discovery even when age started to debilitate her. She was the best possible teacher, as she guided me through the craft of sculpting while giving me room to seek out and pursue my own inspiration.
DV: Are there any specifically Canadian contemporary artists you resonate to?
AG: The question has two things I don’t care about as someone who does art or when experiencing art – nationality and time-era. Great art might reflect those things or use them as part of their backdrop, but ultimately it must transcend those barriers, and any art that doesn’t is boring to me.
KH: I don’t recognize nationalistic borders.
DV: Well, then, what about the future? How do you see your art developing from here?
KH: I hope to continue getting deeper into the art, going as far as I can with it. However many years I’ve got left to live, I know I’ll keep doing it, and for me there’s no point in doing it unless I can get to newer deeper places, in whatever medium I’m inspired to work in. That’s what makes it exciting for me, and my goal is to keep excited!
AG: I don’t know. I’ve just completed a goal of having all the poems I wanted published or accepted for publication and it has left space and a sense of freedom inside. I just feel open, patiently in-waiting and excited to see where my writing takes me next.
DV: On that note, I’d like to thank both of you for allowing me to intrude into your creative and personal lives. And, of course, I hope we all get to see, or hear, much more of your work.
What drives you to write?
I write poetry because I have to. It sustains me; it keeps me sane, connects me to God and exposes my own personal truths.
How did you get started?
I started writing, mostly short stories, at the end of elementary school. In my first year of high school, I began to write poetry – not complete poems, but I started to explore articulating images with language. The real first poet I read in depth was Pablo Neruda, but I had been writing poetry many years before that.
Who are the best poets around right now?
Even though they are dead, in my opinion, the best poets that I have read areTheodore Roethke, Sylvia Plath, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Rainer Marie Rilke, Pablo Neruda, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Dylan Thomas.
Where are the best places to publish?
A lot of the smaller indie presses – online and in print (or both) are great, as they don’t seem to have an agenda or pre-conceived intellectual ideas or what poetry should or should not be. Most people operating these presses are poets themselves and do it solely out of love of poetry and in establishing a sense of community amongst writers.
What are you reading right now?
The Hills Beyond by Thomas Wolfe.
What advice would you give to other writers?
I don’t have any advice, but for me, I write a lot. I also throw out 90 per cent or more of what I write. I write only when I feel an inner push, a necessity to write. Also, I have had to learn that there is no one way, one place to write, it happens when it must- making diner, having a shower, before bed, walking the dog or sitting still in the morning when everone else in the household is asleep. Sometimes it doesn’t happen for weeks or months, and that too is part of process.
Short Interview 2014:
(An International Journal of Poetry)
ISSN 2249 –2178
Volume-3 DECEMBER -2013 Number-2
An E-Interview with Allison Grayhurst
Interviewed by Dr. Pradeep Chaswal
(Allison Grayhurst has had over 280 poems published in more than 165 international journals, magazines, and anthologies. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Since then she has published ten other books of poetry and four 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 recently published by Ottawa publisher above/ground press December 2012. She lives in Toronto with family. She also sculpts, working with clay.)
Dr. Pradeep Chaswal:
At which age did you write your first poem? Were there any incidents in your life that made you want to write?
I wrote my first poem at the age of 13 for a poetry assignment in school. For several years before that, I wrote many short stories for school and for my own pleasure. For most of my high school years, I paid very little attention in class and occupied myself with writing poetry – not completed poems, but poetic lines, exploring words, ideas and rhythms.
I actually never wanted to be a writer. Both my parents were journalists, and my father also wrote fiction. Seeing my father’s own struggle, I never wanted to pursue that path. Least of all, did I ever want to be a poet. But I think most artists understand that being an artist is never a choice, only a necessity.
Dr. Pradeep Chaswal:
How would you define the creative and poetic process in you?
My creative process has morphed many times over during my years of writing poetry. Most recently, my journey has led me to consciously prevent myself from creating any confines to my work – by keeping myself raw (both emotionally and spiritually) while writing, without allowing any pre-conceived ideas determine where the poem is going or what it has to say or why it exists.
I write when I am walking my dog. We stop together; look at trees, the sidewalk, the sky, squirrels, people, many birds. When walking I surround myself with what my imagination reveals, and my dog keeps me grounded. This is what feeds me for now. I just finished a 12 page long poem called Walkways. Where I am going as a poet next, I really don’t know.
Dr. Pradeep Chaswal:
According to you what is the role and responsibility of a poet in the present day world?
Honestly, I can’t say. I read so very few poets that truly move me, but when they do, it dissolves the senselessness of this world for me, and that is everything. I think that’s what a true poet or artist is supposed to do, if only briefly, but enough to recharge a person’s spirit.
In terms of responsibility, I think a poet’s only responsibility to stay true to herself or himself, even if that means writing something that has no set place in world, or if it means never writing another poem again.
Dr. Pradeep Chaswal:
What are your views on the contemporary scenario of poetry in English?
Not good. Most poetry I see out there is very badly written, from a literary point of view, though it often has heart. On the other side of the spectrum, there are many very well-crafted and clever poems I see that receive the recognition of greatness, but to me, more than not, they lack heart or vision. Such poems used to intimate me when I was younger. Now I can barely get through them. But I think that is the case with poetry as it is with all other art forms – it is a rare joy when a work of art or poem is able to surprise with its magnificence.
Dr. Pradeep Chaswal:
Would you please throw light on your latest book of poetry?
My last published poetry book is called Wallpaper Stars. It is more abstract than what I have written before, but I believe it is also richer, denser with imagery and revelations. It is a reflection of my own maturing as a poet.
Dr. Pradeep Chaswal:
What is your advice for the young poets?
Write only if and when you have to. It has to be like eating or sleeping – something that must be done even if you wish you could avoid it.
Dr. Pradeep Chaswal:
Would you share with our readers any memorable events in your poetic career?
In 1995, I got my first poetry book published by a respectable publisher. The day I received the acceptance was one I won’t forget. Also, getting a poem published in 2012 in the well-known New York-based Parabola magazine was also a highlight.
I stopped publishing my work for fifteen years, never sure if I would try again, although through those years I kept writing nearly every day. It was difficult and insulating. At the end of that career sabbatical, in 2012 it was very rewarding to be able to put out nine of my books – all written during that 15-year time period – the way I envisioned them through those years, even with pictures of my sculptures on the front covers.
Dr. Pradeep Chaswal:
What message do you wish to give our readers and poetry lovers?
Thank you for reading poetry. I am actually surprised by how many people do. It is wonderful to know that poetry still retains some place and significance in the world. So again, thank you.
This interview first appeared in “The Muse (An International Journal of Poetry)” © December 2013
Below is an interview from 2012:
POETS IN PROFILE: ALLISON GRAYHURST
Submitted by Grace on December 14, 2012 – 12:53pm
Allison Grayhurst is the author of The River is Blind, a chapbook of poetry from innovative Ottawa publisher above/ground press.
Today Allison speaks to Open Book about the Rilke poem that had a huge impact on her, the value of trees for writers and the best part of being a poet.
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Can you describe an experience that you believe contributed to your becoming a poet?
Three things. First, was my father reading Shakespeare’s poetry and other poetry at the dinner table in his powerful and dramatic voice. Second, was moving around a lot as a child. It was difficult to form friendships, so I had to rely on my imagination for comfort. The third experience was pivotal in accepting myself as a poet. I was living in Montreal and working at a centre that helped injured birds of prey. There I was offered the opportunity to travel and work with wildlife, which was always my childhood dream. It was in receiving my dream which made me realize it was not what I was meant to do or who I was meant to be. It was then that I reluctantly accepted myself as a poet.
What is the first poem you remember being affected by?
“There Is No Oblivion” by Pablo Neruda”. In fact finding his book Residence on Earth was like a homecoming to me. It was the first time I understood the value of poetry, that poetry could be significant. I had been inspired by many writers before, but never by a poet, until reading Neruda.
What one poem — from any time period — do you wish you had been the one to write?
I have never felt that I wished I wrote something. But reading Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Duino Elegies” was the poem that resonated, and still does, the most for me. Reading it fills me the strongest with my own voice — which I think all great art and true inspiration, should do.
What has been your most unlikely source of inspiration?
Trees. Walking the streets looking at trees, their bark — sometimes touching it, and their many shapes, towering or small. I encounter them individually, no one tree is the same, and they are not always peaceful.
What do you do when a poem is not working?
I throw it out. If the essence, the innate movement isn’t in the poem, I trash it. If it is there, but one or two lines don’t work, I sit with it, walk with it, trusting that the right line or word is already there and I just have to find it.
What was the last book of poetry that really knocked your socks off?
To be honest I can’t think of one. Books/poets who have knocked my socks off other than the ones I’ve mentioned are Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sylvia Plath, Dylan Thomas and Theodore Roethke… loving “The Meadow Mouse” as one of my favourite poems. Recently I read Mark Strand and was inspired by the authenticity and spiritual force of his work.
What is the best thing about being a poet….and what is the worst?
The best thing about being a poet is the lead up just before the poem arrives; it builds, until it becomes a necessary expression. Then seeing it in images, hearing it in words and rhythm, writing it — that is wonderful. It is where I am the most open, the closest I’ll ever be to God. The worst part of being a poet is everything else.
Allison Grayhurst has had her poetry published in over 115 literary magazines in Canada, the U.S., England, India and Australia. Her book, Somewhere Falling, was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, two children, two cats and a dog. She also sculpts, working in clay.
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Check out all the Poets in Profile interviews in our archives.
Link to the interview below:
TV Reading and Interview from 1995:
Allison Grayhurst also appeared as a guest poet on the Toronto TV Show Motions in Poetry in 1995.
Below is an article/interview from Oh! – Ryerson’s Arts and Culture Voice from 1996
The League of Canadian Poets page
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.
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.
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 the ‘River is Blind’ paperback:
“Allison’s poetic prose is insightful, enwrapping, illuminating and brutally truthful. It probes the nature of the human spirit, relationships, spirituality and God. It is sung as the clearest song is sung within a cathedral by choir. It is whispered as faintly as a heartbroken goodbye. It is alive with the life of a thousand birds in flight within the first glint of morning sun. It is as solemn as the sad-sung ballad of a noble death. Read at your peril. You will never look at this world in quite the same way again. Your eye will instinctively search the sky for eagles and scan the dark earth for the slightest movement of smallest ant, your heart will reach for tall mountains, bathe in the most intimate of passions and in the grain and grit of our earth. Such is Allison Grayhurst. Such is her poetry. THE RIVER IS BLIND is a must-read,” Eric M. Vogt, poet and author.
Review of ‘The River is Blind’ chapbook:
“An existential curiosity courses through Allison Grayhurst’s latest collection. It’s Grayhurst’s physical constraints that comfort us: a box sitting at the top of the stairs, housecats in states of wakefulness and sleep, the “snails and moss” that preoccupy her. Indeed, The River Is Blind situates itself firmly in the familial but imbues those relationships and domestic touchstones with a disembodied calm. Ambition and disenchantment linger along the fences of Grayhurst’s property but she remains candidly in the present. In lesser hands, muses such as these might’ve resulted in verses of weak-kneed contentedness. But Grayhurst’s voice remains one of detachment, webbing daily pleasures into greater meditations on love and God. Through spiritual lens, poems like “Everything Happens” and “Flies” counteract steadfast faith with insights on the material world, a separate world; a place where people grind flowers for honey,” Ryan Pratt, Ottawa Poetry Newsletter, January 30, 2013
Review below of Allison Grayhurst’s chapbook “Jumana” were published in the “The Plowman – A Journal of International Poetry” 1989:
“The images in Jumana, this excellent book of story-prose, are intense and provocative. They are often disturbing, but only because some of us may find we are able to position ourselves in Kain’s experience and reality. Which is, in fact, the goal and purpose of good writing. There is little doubt that these ten segments are autobiographical and with startling insight, Kain shares the depth of her vision along a journey of self-exploration. Her words are catharsis for the lonely, the sad, the uncertain, anyone, everyone. Only one who has endured great pain, bordering perhaps on the brink of madness, and emerged triumphant, can articulate such intensity while exploring the inner paths of heart and soul, too often veiled from public view. Definitely well worth a read,” poet Melody-Ann McCarthy-Smith.
Review below of Allison Grayhurst’s chapbook “Perfect Love”, written under the pseudonym Jocelyn Kain, were published in the “The Plowman – A Journal of International Poetry” 1989:
“In Perfect Love Jocelyn Kain takes us on an epic journey of the heart and soul. Her prose is flanked with haunting images, pain, and ultimate joy. This gifted writer never fails to elevate the rest of us into unknown heady heights, leaving us tingling. Like a caterpillar into a butterfly, Kain struggles through a metamorphosis, revealing in this love letter her journey to fruition. Along the way, this memorable journey is marked by unforgettable prose, steering us into the light, showing us flashes of her vision. The poet reveals see-saw emotions with this thing called love, and tells us her true feelings. One experiences triumph when she finally realizes her goal, finally finds and accepts love,” poet Bernadette Dyer.