The Cabbage of Paradise
The Merzbook and Other Poems
This unusual book combines material from Colin Morton’s notable, long out-of-print 1987 collection The Merzbook: Kurt Schwitters Poems with his concrete poems and Dadaist-influenced texts and collages. These dramatize and create dialogue with the great German artist’s life and with an aesthetic whose impact continues to be felt (e.g., in the bp Nichol tradition in Canada). Morton’s inventive treatment vividly illuminates the situation of art and the artist in both the last century and our own.
How good to have a new version of Colin Morton’s playful exploration of the life and work of Kurt Schwitters back in a new and expanded edition. With “trans-elations” of Schwitters’s own works, delightful examples of Morton’s concrete and sound pieces, and an even tighter series of poems tracking Schwitters as he lived, loved, and created his many kinds of Merz, The Cabbage of Paradise offers readers, new and old, an exciting engagement with a powerful stream of twentieth century art.
~ Douglas Barbour
Colin Morton … has achieved the best balance between the varying demands of the documentary form: between objective fact and subjective interpretation, between documentation and lyricism, between his persona and himself … The Merzbook strikes me as a quite major addition to the genre.
~ Stephen Scobie, Malahat Review