Allison Grayhurst


Allison Grayhurst has had her poems published over the past twenty years in journals throughout the United States, Canada, and in the United Kingdom. Her poetry has appeared or will soon be appearing in such magazines and journals as Parabola, The Antigonish Review, Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, Wascana Review, Poetry Nottingham International, The Cape Rock, Journal of Contemporary Anglo-Scandinavian Poetry, and White Wall Review. Her book Somewhere Falling was published by Beach Holme Publishers, a Porcepic Book, in Vancouver in 1995. Her chapbook The River Is Blind is expected to come out in 2012, published by above/ground press. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, two children, two cats, and a dog. She also sculpts, working with clay.




Almost There

Almost every death
will revive me, unhinge
an opening in the soft part of my throat.
Almost every darkness
when burrowed deeply enough into
will hit the light.
When there is no going back, only
a letting go of all that was and all that was
supposed to be - then the paper will finally be burned,
then the addiction can be kicked and the pounding, pounding
of the slaughteryard screams will transmute
into a softer, more bearable rhythm.
Almost every border crossed will lead
to a new land. In that land, the gift
of belonging will come. There will be raspberries
and grapes on every corner. Someone,
will say your name.




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