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Written by Tracy Ryan


Unearthed is a collection of elegies for dead friends and a tribute to Ryan’s embattled but joyous life on a bush block. In a long sequence addressed to her Swiss-German first husband, Ryan delves into unresolved grief and the ambivalent feelings that remain after severing intense relationships. Unearthed is Tracy Ryan’s seventh full-length collection. According to Geoff Page, here is ‘the poet at her mature and forensic best’.

‘The dead – or the living – require the respect of our attention, as does this humane and remarkable book.’ Cordite Poetry Review

‘… ineffably moving, but also often witty and celebratory.’ The West Australian

‘Tracy Ryan’s Unearthed offers a sequence of poignant elegiac poems …’ Weekend Australian

‘Once again, Ryan reveals herself as poet with both a clear sense of tradition – and a contemporary understanding of Ezra Pound’s old injunction to "Make it new!”’ Geoff Page

‘An achievement of the highest order from one of Australia’s most gifted poets.’ Marion M Campbell

‘An astonishing work; nothing less than a poetry of life and death.’ David McCooey

‘Ryan’s moving and profound work suggests, as William Faulkner famously observed, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Four stars.’ Books+Publishing


Western Australian Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2014)

ISBN 9781921888632 (Paperback)
Formats Lightning Source (203 x 133mm) (Paperback)
Categories Award Winning
Pages 116
Publication Year 2013
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
Rights World
  • 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