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John Tranter’s 2012 Tapa Notebook Page

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[ at the foot of the page: left, a color photo of John Tranter still wearing his suit and tartan tie, explaining something to Lisa Samuels, bearing the legend in red ink at the right of the photo: note the tie, the photo bearing the title jt-lisa-chinese-by-pam-brown.jpg. Right, a 40 cent New Zealand stamp, showing a color photo of Piercy Island in the Bay of Islands. ] The audience seemed to like it. / [ blue line [ roundel ] blue line ] / Later a sortie into downtown / Auckland led by Selina Tusitala / Marsh and a dozen poets and critics / from all over the Pacific [ Ocean ], and a / dinner at a Chinese restaurant / with Lazy Susans at the tables, / something I hadn’t seen since I / lived in Singapore in 1971. A / cheerful & lively evening, then to / bed for an early night and lots of / jet lag.

Commentary:
Asian food is being introduced into most of the Western world, and I think it’s a good thing, especially for the variety, let alone the expanded repertoire of flavours. Wikipedia: ‘A Lazy Susan (or Lazy Suzy) is a turntable (rotating tray) placed on a table or countertop to aid in distributing food. Lazy Susans may be made from a variety of materials but are usually glass, wood, or plastic. They are usually circular and placed in the center of a circular table to share dishes easily among diners. Owing to the nature of Chinese cuisine, especially dim sum, they are common at formal Chinese restaurants both on mainland and abroad.’

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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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