Posts Tagged ‘nature poetry’

Taking your poem for a walk!

July 7, 2011  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Taking your poem for a walk!

Fog hides the mountains as a wafer of winter sun gilds the valley.  I have just returned from a retreat in the Glasshouse mountains, rested and re-inspired to walk my poetry.  Being away from the computer was a great relief except when I was revising lines of poetry.  I had to fall back on an earlier habit of taking the lines with me as I walked and repeating them aloud with each step.  It soon became obvious where the clunky rhythms were. Where the poem speeds up, I would quicken my pace.  Repeating the words as I walked, I noticed changes I was intuitively making. Weak points were suddenly obvious. The poem evolved and I delighted in the wild ducks and black swans, the changing hues of the mountains as the day progressed.

When I walk alert to poetic possibilities, I notice so much more.  With my notebook handy, I jot down images, smells, tastes, textures, sounds.  These may not weave into anything immediately but later when I reread my notes, I often find connections that gradually to grow into a poem. Away from my desk, touched by nature  all my senses are heightened. When poetic lines arise, my experience can be shared and expanded. A day spent walking in nature with my poetry is one of deep joy.

If you want to walk with your poetry, enjoying stillness and the power of the circle, please join us for

Embracing the Wind, nourishing our connection to nature and our place in it.  Relax into the sounds of the sea, the bush, music and beautiful words. Enjoy simple Qigong movements, mindfulness moments , journaling. A time for silence, a time for sharing.

This one day retreat from 9:30-3 pm will be held in Brunswick Heads on Friday, the 22nd of July. Early bird discount ends Weds!   Click here for more details.

Announcing new National Poetry Competition!

April 24, 2011  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Announcing new National Poetry Competition!

I am delighted to announce that Dangerously Poetic is co-sponsoring the Dangerously Poetic Byron Bay Writer’s festival poetry competition this year!   Poetry is set to have a larger profile at the festival and Dangerously Poetic will have a marquee dedicated to A Passion for Poetry. We will also host a 2 hour poetry reading on the Sunday where the judge, Robyn Rowland, will announce the prize winners and they will have the opportunity to read their winning poems.

This national poetry prize will be awarded at the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011 on Sunday, the 7th of August.

Poets are invited to write up to 40 lines on the theme-                                                                                                A Passion for Nature and our place in it.

Judge: Dr. Robyn Rowland AO

First Prize : $500, a 3 day pass to the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011, publication in Dangerously Poetic’s upcoming anthology ( projected launch date 2/2012), a free copy of the anthology and chance to read the poem at the festival.

Second Prize : $ 100, a 3 day pass to Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011, publication in DP’s upcoming anthology ( as above.)

• Entry fee: $10 first poem, $5 for each additional

• Poems will be no longer than 40 lines, single spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt.

• Poems shall not have won a competition, been previously published or under consideration elsewhere. Winning poems must be available for publication in anthology.

• Closing date is 15th June, 2011. All poems must be received by this date to be considered.

• No author name on poem.

• Please enclose 2 copies of each poem plus one entry form or email poems and entry form as .doc attachments to

• No poem will be returned, no communication will be entered into.

• Judge’s notes and final results will be posted on

Good Luck!

Download the entry form:

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Pay for your entry here:

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