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Welcome to Grayson Books

Poets were the first to teach mankind.

– Horace

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.

– Plato

Poetry is an independent ambassador for conscience: It answers to no one, it crosses borders without a passport, and it speaks the truth. That's why ... it is one of the most powerful of the arts.

– Ellen Hinsey

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful

– Rita Dove

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.

– Allen Ginsberg

I believe in the voice of experience, and in poetry that bears the smudge marks of having been in the human fire—time, failure, error, distress, loss, rage, attachment. I believe that the most joyful poem has to bear the logo of suffering, our sponsor.

– Tony Hoagland

...Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

– Robert Frost

For every poet it is always morning in the world. History a forgotten, insomniac night; History and elemental awe are always our early beginning, because the fate of poetry is to fall in love with the world, in spite of History.

– Derek Walcott

There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.

– John Ashbery

Lyric poetry is interpersonal. It speaks from one interior to another and creates an intimacy between strangers. It enables a connection that can cut deeper than the ones we actually experience in ordinary life, regular time. It speaks to us from beyond the grave. It crosses borders and even languages; it floats down to us through the centuries.

– Ed Hirsch

It is a magical art, and always has been -- a making of language spells designed to open our eyes, open our doors and welcome us into a bigger world, one of possibilities we may never have dared to dream of.

– Roger Housden

About Us

During times of celebration, of uncertainty, of transition, and of loss, people turn to poetry. It is as vital as ever.

Grayson Books publishes poetry anthologies, collections, and chapbooks by some of America’s most talented poets.



Congratulations to Robert Aquinas McNally, who has won the 2014 Grayson Books Poetry Prize.
Our contest judge, Dick Allen, poet laureate of Connecticut, is the author of eight volumes of poetry, commented: “Simply to Know its Nameis a deeply splendid collection, one I expect readers will return to incessantly... It marries rich imagery with luxurious tonal effects.”

In addition, Mr. Allen chose a first finalist, Eileen Moeller, for Little Firefly, My Bright Burning Coal, and two other finalists: Tim Suermondt for The World Doesn’t Know You and John Surowiecki for Janice Who Was Tall.
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