Cronin, M.T.C.

M.T.C. Cronin - <More or Less Than>1-100

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M.T.C. Cronin - <More or Less Than>1-100

Paperback, 140pp, 9x6ins

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Winner of the C J Dennis Award for Poetry, 2005 (The Victoria Premier's Literary Awards).

Winner of the Innovation Award in the Government of South Australia's 2006 Festival Awards

The second British collection by this extraordinarily talented Australian poet, who is creating a stir in several parts of the world. Poems 1-13 and 88-100 from this one-hundred poem sequence appeared in Shearsman magazine, issue 54, but the full scope of the piece only becomes clear with publication of the complete book — one hundred poems, where poem 1 has 1 line, poem 2 has 2 lines, all the way to poem 50 with fifty lines, 51 with 49 lines and back down to 100 which is a one-liner again. Like many forms, self-imposed or otherwise, Ms. Cronin uses this apparently restrictive structure to support a wonderfully original unfolding of verse.  

"Cronin's meticulous attention to parity and pronoun, to the voices that flow through the poem, give this work a complexity and penetrating depth which carries a timeless theme—the issue of mortality—firmly into the 21st century." (Richard Owens, Rain Taxi, Winter 2004)

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