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Furiously Knocking, Poetry about Truth and lies from Byron Bay and Beyond

An anthology of poems by 24 Northern Rivers Poets.

Dangerously Poetic continues in this wonderful collection to cultivate the art of writerly insight and the joyful discipline of poetry among our local community of poets.

Melissa Lucashenko —From the Foreword





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Always the River, Poetry about Change from Byron Bay and Beyond    $20

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An anthology of poetry by 19 Northern Rivers poets.

We follow this river to the most surprising and rewarding places: the frustrations of an alien trying to make Earth friends, the touch-deprived loneliness of an Easter Island statue, the wolves who evolved into whales, fallen trees and fresh saplings, failing marriages and remembered lovers, an Egyptian tomb and a rainforest retreat, a night at the ballet and a lifeless body on the beach, curved muscles and soft membranes …

This collection delivers what we hope for when we open any book of poetry – to be moved and shaken, reassured and unsettled, amused, uplifted, disrupted. To be left with something to remember. To be changed.

Alan Close

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Pirouettes and Prayer,    Pirouettes Cover

by Beverly Sweeney  $20

“There is a quiet strength in these poems, words forged in the fire of long experience.”  Max Ryan.

A whisper of silk threaded with steel,” Bev’s description of a ballet dancer could also describe Bev. She’s courageous enough to be vulnerable on the page. With no sentimentality, she explores family ghosts…

Bev dares to invoke memories of abuse with a deft touch that reverberates deeply but at the same time— offers hope and healing. And through out, there is the dancing.”    Laura Jan Shore–  from the launch speech

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SALT BREEZES, anthology $20

Anthology of 18 local poets on the theme, Ordinary Miracles.

“The bracing impact of salt breezes blowing from Coffs Harbour to Tweed Heads give this latest anthology from Dangerously Poetic a range of poems that cull the experience of those who live there, experiences that have been bitten and smoothed by wind then carefully crafted into poetry.” — Ross Donlon from the Foreword.

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Wild Honey


Anthology of 21 poets on the theme of Nature.

In this volume, the wild flowering of life has given rise to the sweet words of poetry. Here is a book any library of current Australian anthologies would be proud to include.

Robyn Rowland from the foreword

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All the Way Home


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In All the Way Home, every poet sings a fresh note. From the lyrical elegance of Max Ryan’s award winning poem Jim, through to John Bird’s deeply moving tanka sequence, blunt bayonet and Kathryn Boorman’s bone-raw elegy, Chuc Mung Nam Moi, this anthology deftly explores the terrain of our homeward journeys.–Graham Nunn

Away from home, tired and jaded in my hotel room, I read All the Way Home: I was refreshed, transported and moved beyond thought.

My strategy: savour one poem each day, for seven weeks. When I finish? Begin again.
–Jeni Caffin, Director, Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre and Byron Bay Writers Festival.

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Jean Ringland





“The most obvious aspect of Ringland’s poems is their original and true-to-life images from nature. But there is another component; I would call it wisdom. Moving through all the poems is the wisdom of one who has looked carefully and thought deeply”
– Dr. Shirley Walker, author Roundabout at Bangalow

“Fence-posts, salty plums, a father’s felt hat, the joys and sorrows of a life recalled in its autumn years; Jean Ringland takes us on a lyrical journey into Seamus Heaney’s ‘heartland of the ordinary’ and returns us quietly altered,”
– says local award-winning poet, Max Ryan

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“A lyrical reaffirmation of nature in haiku, music and organic sound to calm the senses and feed the soul.”
– Jacqui Murray

“The breaths of human voice and Japanese bamboo- flute flow and ebb, interspersed with bird calls recorded in authentic locations.

The playing of shakuhachi flautist, Kevin James, … bridges the spaces between poems so that each haiku can resonate in the listener’s consciousness. ”
– Beverley George – from the foreword

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To the Edge: Poetry from Byron Bay and Beyond




“Reflecting on the important themes of life including confession, betrayal, surrender, rememberance, this collection of poems is a delight for readers. Like gems, small, precious, you will want to go back many times to enjoy the treasures found within.”
– Jill Eddington

“Poetry that can take you to the edge, allow you to fly. With this anthology, Dangeroudly Poetic Press furthers its manifesto that poetry can be dangerous and subversive, haunting, exotic, enlightening.
– Margaret Bradstock


Rainswayed Night

by Max Ryan
(Winner of the 2005 Anne Elder Award)                           




“Max Ryan brings both the skilled eye of a technician and the compassion of hard won experience to these poems. Pain and joy are never far from the surface. His lyric gift and sure–footed narratives work emotion through the fire of art: the end result is compelling.”
– Judy Johnson

“Max Ryan’s poetry is disarming and fresh – the image inhabits his work like a mindful, meditating presence, and this, coupled with his large–hearted cadences makes his work enormously readable. His words sift deep into life, and are full of power and insight. These are clear and shapely poems written from an empathetic heart.”
– Judith Beveridge

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Sensoria: Poetry from Byron Bay and Beyond





“Sensoria brings into conversation poems by poets living along Australia’s most eastern seaboard. It’s a little dangerous, sometimes sexy and sometimes wry, but there’s never any doubt that it’s always plugged-in to the human seat of sensation”
– Bronwyn Lea

“Here is a group of writers as obviously concerned with craftmanship as impulse. These are poems that could hold their own against any urban offerings… The poems tread with a respectful lightness on the world, but they do not comment lightly on it”
– Judy Johnson


by Neera Scott                                                                                                                                                                                                




“Sensuous and fecund, with a dark, uneasy edge. A strong first book shining with maturity and intelligence”
– Luke Davies

“A distinctive and assured poetic voice, exploring the surprises and subtle mysteries of the intimate”
– Inez Baranay

“Neera Scott’s cool eye cuts her poems like precious stones. The style is assuredly epigrammatic, the imagery rich and fresh, the voice thoughtful and measured. This is a very promising first collection indeed.”
– Larry Buttrose

Wingbeats: Poetry from Byron Bay and Beyond




“From the mad energy of Lel Sebastian’s razor-sharp From an old Hindu poem in the new Tom Robbins through the deftly handled tonal shifts and savage wit of Melissa Lucashenko’s Remembering Blackboys to Janice Bostock’s exquisite haikus and minimalist lyricism, and through every shade between, this anthology is a vibrant reminder of how, as Peter Porter has noted, poetry is both language lit up by life, and life lit up by language.”

“What do we look for in poetry? We look for poems that move the heart or tickle the intellect or both. We look for rich and exotic language, for new and unusual images that illuminate, in a flash, some human meaning. We look for poems that establish, all over again, the connection between the Word, the Image and the Heart. This anthology provides all these pleasures and more.”
Shirley Walker


by Laura Jan Shore



“This passionate and spirited collection of Laura’s is not only a great start for Dangerously Poetic, but it is also a fiery riposte to the general community view that poetry is stale, obscure, irrelevant, and boring. Breathworks has spark aplenty. May the Goddess, who has clearly been called on a number of times in the writing of these poems, bless this book and its passage”
Dorothy Porter

“Right from the beginning, from the first poem, there’s the breath and the trees, the spinning earth and revolving time, the mirror held up to the self and to others, the delight in the rainforest, the fecundity of nature and the ambivalence of passion, the cycle of song that is life. A book rich in sensitivity and experience, poems negotiated through pain into acceptance and love. A wonderful first book from Dangerously Poetic Press.”
Ron Pretty, Five Islands Press

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Book orders

To order books please send a cheque or money order, with details, to:

Dangerously Poetic
PO Box 524
Byron Bay 2481
N.S.W Australia


  • “Sensoria” $25.95
  • “Nightflowers” $20
  • “Wingbeats” $22
  • “Breathworks” $12
  • “Rainswayed Night” $23 –
  • “To the Edge” $28.95
  • “sand between the toes” $29.95
  • “Paperbarks” $15.95
  • “All the Way Home” $24.95

Please include $3 for p&h

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