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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Page —

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Text: [ Right: 45 cent New Zealand stamp, guide dog. ] vigorous verse, / smiled from time / to time, and dozed / peacefully. Each reader had / five minutes to impress, flatter, / startle or otherwise enliven the / audience. I read three poems, / starting with a sonnet I had / written on the plane trip to the / symposium, flying over the Tasman / Sea that separates the two / countries, titled… [ Purple ink follows ] Tasman Sonnet [ right, New Zealand 40 cent stamp, pale blue biplane, New Zealand Air Force ] A, green, tint of absinthe dripping / Through / a wad of lawn clippings — E, / chartreuse, colour that only monks can / see — / I , cloudy violet with sparkling points of / blue /

Nice poem. Perhaps the monks got in there because of the current advertising for D.O.M. Chartreuse (Origin of Chartreuse: after La Grande Chartreuse, Carthusian monastery in France: Webster’s New World Dictionary; Carthusian: Origin: From Medieval Latin Carthusianus, see French cartusien, from the Chartreuse, Latin Cartusia, where the order was founded.) Only monks can know the secret recipe. Green Chartreuse is of course more or less the colour of Absinthe. Lyn and I drank a lot of coffee with green chartreuse added on a wonderful hitch-hiking trip through France, in 1967. So did the drivers.

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These are scans of pages of a Tapa Notebook, filled out by Australian poet John Tranter for the University of Auckland Library. It recounts his experiences in Auckland in March 2012 at the University’s symposium ‘Short Takes on Long Poems’. John has published an internet journal with similar material. This Notebook has the advantage of handwriting, doodles, decoupage and lots of colourful New Zealand stamps. Copyright Notice: Please respect the fact that all the material on this site is copyright © and the individual authors 2012 to 2016 et seq. It is made available here without charge for personal study and enjoyment by individuals only. It may not be stored, displayed, published, reproduced, or used for any other purpose.


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