Written by Tracy Ryan


Flora plays a central role in Tracy Ryan’s acclaimed collection of poetry. Splicing the natural world to moments of personal history, Hothouse is an intense exploration of the ever-shifting an precarious boundaries between the self and the outside world.

‘Sometimes Tracy Ryan reminds me a little of Sylvia Plath … sometimes she reminds me a little of the strength and savagery of Gig Ryan, but mostly she is her own self, dancing with a language forged in talent and courage, working through the methodology of precise exploration.’ Dorothy Hewett

‘Rewarding on all levels — there is wit, beauty and some serious thinking.’ Southerly

‘There are many flowers in Tracy Ryan’s taut, tart poems, and the first fruit mentioned is the pomegranate, which she addresses as herself.’ Weekend Australian

’Ryan’s best so far.’ Canberra Times

ISBN 9781863683517 (Paperback)
Formats B Format (198 x 128mm) (Paperback)
Categories Poetry
Pages 96
Publication Year 2002
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Tracy Ryan

    Tracy Ryan was born and grew up in Western Australia. She has worked at various jobs in libraries, bookselling, editing, community journalism and university teaching. She has a BA in English from Curtin University and a BA (Hons) in French from the University of New England in NSW. She is especially interested in foreign languages and the translation of poetry. Read more