PRESENT CONTINUOUS is a collection of hybrid essays, written during the recent covid pandemic, moving between criticism and poetic prose, between visual and textual expressions of the present moment and a future that still has a past to resolve. From the initial announcement of the lockdown to Black Lives Matter protests to a “second wave” of restrictions and the issue of police violence, Grundy’s writing offers, in the words of Richard Owens, “a quality, a shade of incredible intelligence and intuitive imagining that cannot be reproduced”. "The world in art and poetry will begin with a world anew", commented the late musician and poet Henry Grimes. In these "expositions of harmony and theory", David Grundy strives to imagine that new world.
David Grundy is a poet and scholar based in London. His books of poetry include Relief Efforts (2018), To the Reader (2016) and The Problem, The Questions, The Poem (2015). He is also author of the work of criticism, A Black Arts Poetry Machine: Amiri Baraka and the Umbra Poets (2019). His current research focuses on American post-war queer poetry, particular the San Francisco Renaissance, the "Occult School" of Boston and New Narrative writing. He co-runs the small press materials and the magazine Splinter.