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The Argument

by Tracy Ryan

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About the Book

Dennis Haskell calls Tracy Ryan’s sixth volume of poetry ‘an extraordinarily sophisticated, thoughtful book’. Alison Croggon says Ryan is ‘writing at the height of her powers’.

The unknowable is Ryan’s terrain; these are poems of keen appraisal and survival demonstrating an extraordinary range and held tight by a cohesive vision. Each poem makes clear the poet’s preoccupation with mortality. If the argument is with death – that cold cross-examiner – these are poems which respond with life.

More praise for the collection
‘Her “argument” is argument in the older sense of the word, a discussion of the self with the larger whole of a post-God world in which a pattern of “giving and receiving” – human, natural and impersonal – provides a richness to our lives if we have the courage to accept it.’
— Dennis Haskell

‘In the best traditions of lyric poetry, her poems are supple, tough and deeply moving; they display little and reveal everything, her superb technique working a deep, unobtrusive burnish from which flashes an authentic and disturbing passion.’
— Alison Croggon

‘The language of The Argument is taut, whittled down, spare … This is poetry richly grounded in the real, yet alive to its fluctuating uncertainty.’
— Andrew Taylor

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Fremantle Press
Wide B Format (198 x 145mm)
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198 x 145
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