In the Words of the Poet…

T.S. Eliot opens the first of his Four Quartets (Burnt Norton) with the following lines:

Time present and time past

Are both perhaps present in time future

And time future contained in time past.

How stunningly appropriate that a collection of poems with a musically evocative title – Quartets – begins with an expression of the circularity of time. These words perfectly encapsulate what I was saying about rhythmic integrity.

What we are able to do expressively with rhythm flows from what already happened. What we are doing in the moment holds the possibility of a blossoming to come.

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