continuous present




'The time of the composition is the time of the composition. It has been at times a present thing it has been at times a past thing it has been at times a future thing it has been at times an endeavour at parts or all of these things. In my beginning it was a continuous present a beginning again and again and again and again... it was a series it was a list it was a similarity and everything different it was a distribution and an equilibration.'
Gertrude Stein 1926 'Composition as Exploration'

‘Things don’t end: things begin.
Everything is a beginning,
A racing
On and on and on.'
Margaret Tait 1992 'Soon' 

with thanks to Sophie Mayer.