A Frail Banner. "beautiful, unfinished" by M.T.C. Cronin [review]
Like M.T.C. Cronin's earlier collections, "beautiful, unfinished" is characterised by a mixture of mystical awe and formal restraint. The collection is subtitled ‘PARABLE/SONG/CANTO/POEM’. As this suggests, it consists of a parable of sorts in verse, a sequence of songs, a set of cantos ‘minus melody’, and some poems. But in Cronin’s hands, these various forms seem based upon haiku. She writes sparely in short-lined stanzas, and she undercuts her own rhythms until it seems as if almost every poem might end in an ellipsis.