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The Argument

Written by Tracy Ryan


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.

‘… an extraordinarily sophisticated, thoughtful book.’Dennis Haskell

‘… writing at the height of her powers.’ 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


Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Poetry (Short List 2012)
Western Australian Premiers Book Awards, Poetry (Winner 2011)

ISBN 9781921361807 (Paperback)
Formats Wide B Format (198 x 145mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Pages 88
Publication Year 2011
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
  • Tracy ryan

    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