Estragon: Perhaps he could dance first and think afterwards.
Vladimir: Is it possible?
Pozzo: By all means, nothing simpler. Itís the natural order.
In timeís flight it doesnít matter where you sit
Written during the millennium year, 2000, Colin Morton's Dance, Misery takes on the whole 20th century - its "public passions" from war and revolution to the mass culture of music and sport - armed with 'only a voice.' The poem that emerges is a personal meditation on the story of us all that holds out a hope and a challenge, just in time.
A poem with history in it.
"Dance, Misery dives into the crowds of history, the great "us" as we stand sometimes in awe, sometimes in fear. Facing the Unknown Soldier, the London Blitz, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Colin Morton has the rare ability to think his way through a poem, setting a series of small fires in our brains, the language not only pleasing us with its careful rhythms but igniting our spirits as well, making us realize how integral we are to the planet's survival, to the dream of amplitude and peace." - Barry Dempster
"In Dance, Misery, Colin Morton delivers, with eloquence, power and humour, the poetry of our national memory."
- Charles Gordon
"We gotta talk / as if our lives depend on it," says Colin Morton in this
deeply thoughtful meditation on peace and war. "I mean / the we without a
they." A master of many voices, Morton weaves together "the stadium in Chile
/ so many entered never to leave" with hockey, Dostoevski, rock stars and "the firemen who turn back again and again /...when a million years / of selfish genes cry out to run." This outstanding book is rich, personal, intelligently compassionate - and suffused with hope. - Susan McMaster
"Powerful stuff. For someone who lives in Ottawa, as I do, this is what goes on on both sides of the eyeball. For someone who loves both the culture and history of this country, this wonderfully accessible writing is as good as it gets."